Integrative Health Blog

Healthy Home: Is it Really Mold? 

Posted by on Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Guest blogger Chris Buonocore is a certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant (BBEC), specializing in detection and resolution of indoor environmental pollutants.

Mold assessment is a common call in my line of work.  

Flooding, leaks and moisture can often be found in the home or office. Water intrusion specialists handle water cleanup; mold inspectors perform mold investigation; and home inspectors consider the condition of the structure primarily for sale. There is plenty of crossover within each discipline, and we tend to look for a specialist to solve a problem. Using the Internet, we search for an expert and a solution. And we consider research from every angle. This is your home, and you want it to be safe and healthy.

Factors to consider for mold 

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Tags: mold

Fall Allergy Treatment for Ragweed and Mold

Posted by on Wed, Sep 21, 2016

Ragweed, and the Ragweed Family

Fall allergies appear in August as people start sneezing from ragweed and other weeds. A ragweed allergy is also known as hay fever. The drier the weather, the worse the pollen count. Ragweed allergies usually peak in September as one plant can produce one billion grains of pollen!  So, just when you want to enjoy an outdoor hike or plant some mums, ragweed allergy symptoms can make you miserable. The symptoms of allergies include sneezing, itchy eyes/nose/throat, nasal congestion, post nasal drainage, headache, rash, even fatigue or lack of energy.

Some people with a ragweed allergy can also experience problems with certain foods or teas such as echinacea or chamomile.

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Tags: mold, allergies, ragweed

Got Mold? Help for Mold Allergies

Posted by on Wed, Oct 14, 2015

Fall is beautiful with the crisp, fall mornings and the gorgeous colors of the changing leaves. As the leaves change, it is also often the time that those sensitive to mold will experience allergy symptoms.

Symptoms of Mold Allergies

The symptoms of mold allergies are the same as with any type of respiratory allergy: sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes/nose/throat, nasal congestion, cough or post nasal drainage, headache, rash, even asthma. A mold allergy can be year round or flare up in the fall or when the weather is damp or you are in a damp space.

Health conditions that may be mold related in addition to typical allergic rhinitis are irritable bowel, ulcerative colitis, and interstitial colitis. These conditions may improve after treatment for mold allergies, pollen, dust and food sensitivities.

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Tags: mold, allergies

Allergy Symptoms? Get Help from a Mold Detective

Posted by on Mon, Oct 31, 2011

Fall is Mold season and we have an guest blogger, Ed Williamson, a certified mold professional, to discuss the importance of indoor air quality as it relates to our health. Ed Williamson is an expert in home and environmental mold assessment and mold remediation.

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Tags: mold, allergies