How to Relieve Mold Allergies Symptoms?

Q:
How to relieve the symptoms of mold allergies?

A:
Molds are very common in our daily life, and it’s nearly impossible to avoid molds completely. Medications are often helpful and can ease your allergic reactions. Remember to consult a medical professional before using. These medications include:

Nasal corticosteroids

  • budesonide (Rhinocort Aqua)
  • ciclesonide (Omnaris)
  • mometasone (Nasonex)
  • fluticasone (Flonase)
  • triamcinolone (Nasacort AQ)

Side effects: nasal dryness or nosebleed.
Safe for long-term use.

Antihistamines

OTC drugs:

  • loratadine (Alavert, Claritin)
  • fexofenadine (Allegra) and
  • cetirizine (Zyrtec Allergy)
  • clemastine (Tavist-1)

Side effects: dry mouth or drowsiness.

Prescription drugs:

  • azelastine (Astelin, Astepro)
  • olopatadine (Patanase)

Side effects: bitter taste or nasal dryness

Oral decongestants

OTC drugs:

  • Sudafed
  • Drixoral

Caution: Not for people with high blood pressure.

Side effects: high blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, anxiety, palpitations, and restlessness.

Decongestant nasal sprays.

  • oxymetazoline (Afrin, others)

Caution: Don’t use the medication for more than 3 or 4 days.
Side effects: headache, insomnia and nervousness.

Prevention is the best treatment for mold allergies,  and you can read more about 10 ways to prevent mold allergies.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.