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If you have an allergy that never ends when seasons change, you may be allergic to the spores of molds or other fungi.  Molds live everywhere, and disturbing a mold source can disperse the spores into the air.

WHAT IS MOLD ALLERGY?

 Mold and mildew are fungi.  They differ from plants or animals in how they reproduce and grow.  The “seeds,” called spores, are spread by the wind outdoors and by air indoors.  Some spores are released in dry, windy weather, while others are released with the fog or dew when humidity is high.

Inhaling the spores can cause allergic reactions in some people.  Allergic symptoms from fungus spores are most common from July to late summer.  But with fungi growing in so many places, allergic reactions can occur year round.

Many molds grow on rotting logs and fallen leaves, in compost piles, on grasses and grains.  Unlike pollens, molds do not die with the first killing frost, or become dormant during the winter. In the spring they grow on plants killed by the cold.  Indoors, fungi grow in damp areas, particularly in the bathroom, kitchen or basement.

WHO GETS ALLERGY? 

The Eustachian tube is the passage which extends from the cavity behind the eardrum (middle ear) to the nasopharynx and measures approximately 1.5 inches.  Its main function is to equalize middle ear pressure with that of the atmosphere.  Usually, it is closed with its wall collapsed, but opens during swallowing, yawning, or chewing, allowing air to pass through.

If the external atmospheric pressure alters without a compensatory pressure change in the middle ear cavity, a feeling of blockage develops in the ear; followed by temporary hearing loss and even discomfort.

Acne begins beneath the skin long before it shows up on the skin and most people experience the breakout of acne at some point in their life.  It is not the result of uncleanliness.  There are certain changes in the body that can trigger acne including hormone levels that increase the production of oily substance in the skin called sebum.  Sebum normally flows out of sebaceous glands which are attached to the hair follicale.  In some cases excess sebum (oil) can get stuck and clog the follicle so sebum can’t excrete to the skin surface.

Normal P-Acne bacteria and dead skin cells further plug up the follicles.  An overgrowth of bacteria irritates and reddens the skin.  P-Acne thrives and proliferates in the oxygen free environment that consumes the trapped sebum (oil in the follicle) causing release of the toxic enzymes that eventually break down the cellular wall.  This process can start a chain reaction of painful inflammation and infection under the skin.  When this inflammation spreads and breaks through the skin, it is called acne.  Acne can range from mile to severe and it can start from a whitehead or blackhead (comedones) that can inflame to pimples and can progress to a nodule, cyst or abscess.  Whiteheads are closed comedones that are white because the sebum (oil) has not been exposed to the air.  Blackheads are open comedones and they are enlarged plugs in pores that appear black because they are pushed through the surface of the skin.  The sebum darkens when exposed to air.

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