Austin Area Pediatrician Reminds Parents to Watch Children for Symptoms of Mold Allergy

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Austin-based Pediatric Clinic, Kangos Pediatrics urges parents to get educated on allergy and asthma symptoms to help kids get to breathing better.

Kangos Pediatrics, a leading pediatric clinic in Austin, Texas urges residents throughout central Texas to watch for symptoms of mold allergies in their children. Due in part to a mild winter, the allergy season in Austin kicked off early, and has already produced high mold spore counts this season. Parents with children suffering from allergies and/or asthma are encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms, and seek medical treatment before their child develops an illness or other respiratory infection.

Record Level Mold Spore and Pollen Count in July

After a mild winter, and with steady rain in early July, mold has been reproducing at an accelerated rate throughout the Austin Hill Country. The local mold spore count in Austin on July 11, 2012 reached 27,262 spores per cubic meter. Although this is not an all-time record, it marked the highest mold spore count meteorologists have seen in decades.

Mold Allergies A Year Round Problem

This means a particularly challenging summer allergy season for anyone with even a moderate allergy to mold, unlike the summer of 2011 when a drought helped keep humidity and mold levels at a minimum. Mold and mildew are both different kinds of fungi, and unlike other plants and animals, reproduce by releasing microscopic seeds (called spores) into the air throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Common Symptoms of Allergies

Pollen and Mold Allergies can cause a variety of symptoms including itchiness around the eyes, sneezing, runny nose, upper respiratory and sinus congestion, and headaches. Children suffering from allergies or asthma are apt to have trouble sleeping at night, and may miss school or other daily activities as a result of their symptoms. Most importantly, children with mold or pollen allergies are susceptible to recurrent upper respiratory and sinus infections without proper prevention and treatment.

Treating Mold Allergies

The best way to treat mold allergies is to avoid contact with spores. Since mold grows on grass, dead leaves, and even on tree bark, children playing outside might be especially vulnerable to exposure. It’s best for children with mold allergies to remain indoors while mold counts are at high levels.

Excess Moisture Indoors Leads to Mold Production

In addition to limiting exposure, parents can also monitor the humidity of the air in their home. To prevent mold from growing indoors, parents are urged to remove bathroom carpet from areas where moisture is a concern, thoroughly scrub all tubs and sinks at least once a month, throw away or recycle excess paper products, and consistently clean refrigerator door gaskets and other areas where moisture collects.

Allergies or Asthma

Dr. Peter Kangos of Kangos Pediatrics reminds parents that allergies and asthma are often hard to differentiate. Before trying any medications or treatments it’s best to determine whether or not your child is suffering from allergies, asthma, or another respiratory condition. Symptoms of allergies and asthma are often hard to distinguish, so it’s important your child is evaluated for asthma and tested for allergies if they’re having difficulty breathing.

About Kangos Pediatrics

Kangos Pediatrics is an Austin-based Pediatric Clinic serving the Austin metro area including Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock, Georgetown, Lakeway, and the surrounding areas. Dr. Peter Kangos offers a comprehensive list of services including asthma evaluations and allergy testing.

Kangos Pediatrics
12411 Hymeadow Drive #3f
Austin, TX 78750
Tel: (512) 250-1997
Fax: (512) 250-1529

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