Allergists say recent rainfall increasing mold



ATLANTA - Allergists believe recent repeated rainfall is increasing mold, causing problems for people with allergies.

Danesia Thompson usually has allergy problems in the spring and fall, but this year, she's been suffering in the summer, too.

“I'm having a lot of itchy eyes, runny nose, really bad headaches, a lot of sore throats,” Thompson told Channel 2’s Carol Sbarge.

Dr. David Redding with Piedmont Atlanta Hospital said mold thrives on humidity, which has been high in light of recent rainfall.

“When the ground is more humid, the organic matter on the soil will be much wetter, and that will produce more favorable environments for mold to release spores into the air,” Redding said.

The mold spores are being measured at 41 inches so far, compared to 20 inches this time last year.

“We have seen a lot of people over the last six weeks coming in with a lot of nasal symptoms,” Redding said.

He said the same treatments that work for allergies to pollen work for people allergic to mold. He said many people don't realize there's more mold outside than in most of our homes.
Thompson just wants some relieve from the soggy summer.

“I was just talking to my sister and saying it's going to be 40 days and 40 nights before it stops,” Thompson said.

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