Known as a cosmopolitan mold, alternaria alternata is one of the most frequent fungal sensitizers. It is also the most common mold in dry, warm climates and can be found both outdoors (e.g., soil, plants) and indoors (e.g., wood, window frames).
A runny nose, stuffiness, and sneezing are very common
Itchy, watery, or red eyes are very common
Coughing, wheezing, chest congestion, chest tightness and shortness of breath
Where is Mold (A. alternata) found?
This common mold is found in warm, dry climates all over the world. However, sensitization rates vary based on geographic location. More specifically, alternaria alternata affects ~5% of the world’s population but 38% of the United States population, making it the most common mold allergy in America.
Alternaria alternata is predominantly found outdoors. Try to avoid areas with high allergen/spore counts and use a mask when outside if possible. This mold can also be found indoors and the below mold reduction measures should be taken to prevent/reduce symptoms. If you would like to prevent your allergies from progressing or are looking for long-term relief, talk to your doctor about allergy immunotherapy or find out if you are eligible for NectarRx Allergy Treatment.
Avoid areas with high spore counts
Conduct indoor fungi presence tests regularly
Limit the use of humidifiers or cool mist
Frequently clean carpets and air purifiers
Conduct regular maintenance of ventilation systems
Use Benadryl, Claritin, or Zyrtec as needed
Treat with allergen immunotherapy