Mold is a type of fungus that resides in damp environments and can be found both outdoors (like on leaves, grass, rotting wood) and indoors (like in dark, damp basements, bathroom tiles or around windows). Mold allergy refers to an allergic reaction in some people (who are over-sensitive to these allergens) from inhaling its spores. It results in symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes. Homeopathic remedies for mold allergy work by moderating the overactive immune system that causes a hyperactive response towards allergen mold.
From a wide variety of molds, only a few tend to cause allergic reactions. The most common molds that can cause allergies include alternaria, cladosporium, aspergillus, penicillium, helminthosporium, epicoccum, fusarium, smuts.
The immune system of the sufferer overreacts on breathing mold spores. Just like any other nasal allergy, mold allergy occurs from overactive immune response to inhaled airborne allergen (in this case mold spores are the allergens). When these spores enter the body of the sufferer then his / her body recognizes them as something foreign and harmful so produces an overreaction to get rid of them. The body releases chemicals like histamine in response to inhaled mold spores that lead to symptoms of mold allergy symptoms.
There are some people who are at high risk of mold allergy. Firstly, persons having a family history of allergies are at risk. Secondly, residing in a house that has high humidity levels or working in some occupations ( like dairy work, farming, carpentry) puts a person at risk of it. Lastly people who live in poorly ventilated houses are also prone to develop mold allergies.
The signs and symptoms of this allergy are similar to other respiratory allergies. It includes sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes, itching in the nose or throat, post nasal drip and cough. It may also lead to dry, scaly skin. Mold exposure may also trigger asthma in some cases. The symptoms of asthma are cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.
The symptoms of mold allergy vary from person to person. The intensity of the symptoms also vary from mild to intense from case to case.
The symptoms may appear in damp weather. Being in an environment having high concentration of mold tends to trigger the symptoms. In some cases the symptoms are present throughout the year while in others these occur during some time period of a year.
In most cases only hay fever type symptoms occur in case of mold allergies.
But sometimes it can cause severe allergic reactions. The resulting conditions include asthma, fungal sinusitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis (inflammation of lungs from airborne particles like mold spores). Other than these it can lead to skin infection or infections of the mucous membranes. Lastly, it can cause systemic infections in people having impaired immune systems.
Homeopathic Remedies for Mold Allergy
Homeopathy carries a very good scope to treat cases of mold allergy. Homeopathic medicines are very effective to manage its symptoms. The symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes, nasal itching, post nasal drip, throat itching and cough can be well managed with them. With use of these medicines the intensity and frequency of complaint gradually decreases. Homeopathic medicines for mold allergy are selected based on the symptoms in every individual case. So one should opt to use any such medicine under guidance of a homeopathic doctor who can prescribe best suitable medicine after detailed case study.
Natrum Mur – Top Grade Medicine
It is a leading medicine for managing mold allergy. Persons needing it have violent sneezing and watery discharge from the nose. They may also have an alternate runny nose and dry nose. Nasal stoppage with difficulty in breathing may occur. Sometimes watering from eyes is there. They can also have redness, itching, burning sensation in the eyes. It is also one of the best medicines for managing sinusitis.
Arsenic Album – To Manage Runny Nose, Sneezing
It is a well-indicated medicine for managing these cases. It is helpful when a person experience runny nose and sneezing. In spite of a runny nose, a blocked sensation is felt in the nose. Along with these burning sensation in nostrils is felt. Itching in nostrils is also there. The symptoms for using this medicine are worse in open air and are better indoors. It is also a prominent medicine for managing asthma symptoms. Other than these it is also indicated to manage dry, scaly skin.
Allium Cepa – For Sneezing and Excoriating Nasal Discharge
This medicine is prepared from red onions that belong to family liliaceae. It is effective to manage cases in which there is sneezing and excoriating nasal discharges. These discharges lead to burning and smarting in the nose and on the upper lip. In cases where it is required the sneezing mostly gets worse in a warm room. Along with nasal discharge headache and cough are present. Other than above a lump sensation at the root of the nose is felt. Lastly, watering from eyes is there which doesn’t cause any burning.
Sabadilla – For Sneezing, Coryza and Red Watery Eyes
It is a natural medicine prepared from seeds of plant Sabadilla Officinalis having the common name Cebadilla. It belongs to the family melanthiaceae. It is suitable for cases in which sneezing, coryza are accompanied with red, watery eyes. When it is needed the discharge from the nose is copious and watery. There is an itching and tickling sensation in the nose along with this that causes the person to rub the nose. Other than this stuffed sensation in one or the other nostril is felt. Pain in the forehead can attend to the above symptoms. An over sensitivity to odours is also present in addition to these.
Arundo – For Marked Itching in the Nostrils
This medicine is prepared from root sprouts of plant Arundo Mauritanica commonly known as Italian grass. It belongs to the family gramineae. It offers best help in casing having marked itching in the nostrils. Sneezing and nasal discharges are present with this. Itching can also be felt in the eyes and roof of the mouth. Burning sensation may also be there in the eyes and roof of the mouth.
Ambrosia – For Sneezing, Itchy, Watery Eyes
It is prepared from fresh flower heads and young shoots of plant Ambrosia Artemisiefolia. It belongs to the family composite. It works well in cases presenting with sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. Sneezing is so intense that it can even lead to bleeding from the nose. Other symptoms that are present are watery nose, redness, smarting and burning in the eyes. Lastly, stuffed feeling in the nose, head and sinus congestion can accompany above symptoms.
Wyethia – For Itchy Palate
This medicine is prepared from the root of plant Wyethia Helenoides that belongs to family compositae. This medicine is helpful when there is itching on the palate. Along with this dry, hacking cough is present. Throat feels dry. A sensation of something stuck in my nose is also felt.
Euphrasia – For Watery Eyes , Red, Itchy Eyes
This natural medicine is prepared from plant Euphrasia Officinalis commonly known as eyebright. It belongs to the family scrofulariaceae. Use of this medicine is highly recommended when eye symptoms are marked like red, itchy, watery eyes. Along with watering from eyes burning, biting, smarting sensation is felt in the eyes. Sensation of sand in eyes may accompany these symptoms. There is profuse discharge from the nose which is bland and does not cause any burning. Runny nose is present in the daytime while at night the nose feels blocked.
Kali Bichrome – For Managing Post Nasal Discharge
It is an important medicine for managing post nasal discharge. For using it the discharge from posterior nares is of thick, stringy mucus. Sneezing and pressure at the root of the nose can be there with this. Violent sneezing, especially in the morning can be present. It is also a leading homeopathic medicine for cases of sinusitis.
Arsenic Iodatum – For Watery Nasal Discharge with Burning
This medicine is useful when there is watery discharge from the nose accompanied with intense burning sensation. The nasal discharge is so acrid that reddens the upper lip. Along with this there is irritation and tingling sensation in the nose. This is attended with a constant desire to sneeze. In some cases discharge from posterior nares is there.
Gelsemium – For Sneezing, Runny Nose and Fullness at Root of Nose
It is prepared from bark of the root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens commonly known as yellow jasmine. This plant belongs to the family loganiaceae. It is a beneficial medicine for cases in which sneezing, runny nose and fullness at the root of nose. The sneezing is worse in the early morning in cases needing it. The nasal discharge feels hot. Itching and ticking in the soft palate attend above symptoms. Sometimes the nose feels stuffed up.
Dulcamara – For Nasal Blockage
It is prepared from fresh green stems and leaves of plants commonly known as woody nightshade and bittersweet. It belongs to the family solanaceae. It works well when there is nasal blockage. It is attended with problems in breathing through the nose. Other symptoms that attend are constant sneezing and watery discharge from nose and eyes.
Justicia Adhatoda – For Fluent Coryza with Constant Sneezing
Justicia Adhatoda is a significant medicine prepared from fresh leaves of plant malabar nuts. It belongs to the family acanthaceae. It is indicated for managing cases in which there is fluent coryza with constant sneezing. It is accompanied with watering from the eyes. Cough may also be present.