Natural Remedies For Mold Allergy
Molds are a form of fungi which gets traveled through the air and gets deposited in the indoors and the outdoors. Natural remedies are helpful in preventing and treating mold allergy without any side-effects for a long time. Natural remedies such as Quercetin, milk thistle, chlorophyll, nasal irrigation, and activated charcoal are good options.
Quercetin: Green leafy veggies such as red leaf lettuce and asparagus are composed of quercetins which possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin has a positive effect on the immune system and inhibits the release of histamine and prevents inflammation of the respiratory tract and manages the mold allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and a runny nose.
Milk Thistle: The seeds of milk thistle possess anti-inflammatory properties which release histamine. It is a powerful antioxidant with liver detoxifying properties by scavenging free radicals and also the histamine which produces allergy.
Butterbur: butterbur root or leaf extracts have been found to be effective in controlling the symptoms of mold allergy such as sneezing and runny nose. The herb alleviates the inflammation of nasal tract and hence prevents running nose. Unlike the antihistaminic products which produce sedation, butterbur does not cause drowsiness. Note the raw form of butterbur should not be consumed as it contains liver damaging pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
Nasal Irrigation: It is often referred to as a sinus rinse. Nasal irrigation involves rinsing the nasal cavity with normal saline solution from one nostril and discharging it from the other. The washing eliminates the mucus and the allergens. It is a safe and effective remedy to control symptoms of sneezing, congestion and runny nose.
Raw Garlic: Garlic has antibiotic properties which can kill fungi, molds, and yeasts.
Activated Charcoal: It is a powerful adsorbent which can trap the toxins present in the body and helps in mold cleansing. Most people don’t expect that mold can live in a human body, but in reality, it is. For human consumption, coconut shells charcoal or charcoal from natural sources should be used.
Chlorophyll: It is a pigment which is present in green plants and possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties. Chlorophyll has the capacity to prevent toxic molds induced damage. Chlorella, spirulina, and phytoplankton can be consumed as a source of chlorophyll.
Anti-inflammatory Foods: Increase the consumption of anti-inflammatory foods which helps in reducing the symptoms such as swelling, hives, and coughing. Avoid sugar and processed foods. The fungal family members need sugar for survival; hence sugar should not be included in your diet. Try to reduce the sugar content in the diet or eliminate its consumption.
Vinegar: The undiluted white distilled vinegar is an effective anti-mold ingredient. Do not rinse-off the area immediately after application, the ingredient is quite smelly but the smell goes-off with time.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: It is an excellent antifungal agent and can be consumed both orally or applied externally. The grape seed extract can be sprayed on the moldy area. Add 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract in about 250 ml of water, shake the mixture very well and spray it directly on the mold.
There are different living creators which exist in the environment. Molds, a form of fungi are one among them. The molds reproduce in the form of seeds called spores which travel through the air in windy weather. They tend to grow in places where there is fog or dew with high humidity. The mold spores can spread into the air irritating your nasal mucosa.
If you are allergic to the spores of molds or other fungi for several seasons that probably you are suffering from a mold allergy. The fungus can grow in the basement, bathroom, backyard, fields or the cabinet. In the United States, there are about 1000 species and are not visible to the naked eye. Mold allergies are seasonal allergies and it is estimated that around 5% of Americans suffer from mold allergies.