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Could Cold Symptoms Ruining Your Vacation Actually Be An Allergy?

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Everyone knows (or has been) the person who chronically falls victim to cold symptoms when they’re on vacation. But if the sneezing, runny nose, headaches, itchy and/or watery eyes start as soon as you step into your vacation home, it could be an allergy that’s triggering your cold-like symptoms.

Mold allergies specifically tend to be the culprit that affects unknowing vacationers both indoors and outdoors. Thanks to the tiny spores mold produces being easily trapped on doors, vents and windows, and fungus thriving in places where the climate is hot and humid, vacation destinations tend to be especially high-risk for people who suffer from a mold allergy. Mold thrives in the warm moist environment of shore homes, mountain homes and hotel rooms.

Suspect your sniffling might be a mold allergy? Here’s how to handle it:

Plan Ahead

You don’t need to be experiencing allergy symptoms to see an allergist. In fact, it’s usually best to schedule an appointment at least three to six months before your next vacation so your treatment plans begin to provide relief.

Schedule a Skin Test

To determine if you have a mold allergy, schedule an appointment with a board-certified allergist at Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Their team of specialists will pinpoint exactly what allergen is triggering your cold-like symptoms by performing an allergy skin test.

Determine a Game Plan

If your skin test determines you have an allergy, the team at Allergy & Asthma Specialists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and targets your specific allergens.

Start Your Spring Cleaning Early

To manage your allergies, even when you’re not on vacay, discard any household items where you spot signs of mold growing. Wash your sheets and bedding once a week and try using a HEPA air filter to keep your indoor air clear of any dust particles that try to linger after your cleaning spree.

Spend your summer enjoying your hard-earned PTO. Schedule a skin test with a fellowship-trained, board-certified allergist, visit Allergy & Asthma Specialists online or call 1-800-86cough to get started today.