Environmental Allergens
Environmental Allergens

The majority of people around the world are allergic to something or the other. Among the common triggers of allergic reactions include specific food types, pollen, dust, fungi and sometimes chemicals in medicines. Allergic reaction can cause mild irritation in some people and in some, they may be fatal. That is why it is important for people who have allergies to carry their anti-allergy medicines at all times. The best thing to do is avoid coming into contact with what you are allergic too.

What is it?

Allergies are the response of the immune system to a substance. When your body, the immune system to be precise, does not agree with something, you will experience an allergic reaction. Allergies are hypersensitive disorders, and when ignored, can lead to conditions like diarrhea, asthma, vomiting, sinusitis, and swelling of the face or other body parts.

Allergies are the over exaggerated reaction of a person’s immune system to a particular substance or particle. That is why something, that is good for you, may prove to be dangerous for another individual who is allergic to it.

While most allergies are developed at an early age, some people can become allergic to certain substances as they age. There is no saying what may cause the allergy or what they may become allergic to, but the most common factor causing an allergic reaction is changes in the immune system.

Treatment for allergies, therefore, include natural treatments, steroid injections and medicines that modify the structure of the immune system and minimize the reaction. People who are allergic to particles in the environment, like dust, pollen and such are more susceptible to their reactions.



The allergic reactions that people have can range from mild and fatal. The early stages of an allergic reaction could be acute and result in rashes, or running nose, itchy eyes, etc. that cause discomfort in the person. Severe allergies can lead to

  • Sneezing and running nose (Rhinitis)
  • Sinusitis
  • Coughing, some people may have an attack of asthma on exposure to allergens
  • Redness of the eye, itching and watering of eyes (Hayfever and Allergies)
  • Breakout of hives, rashes with inflammation of the skin
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Bloating of stomach, pain in the abdomen

Often, the allergies may appear in the form of rashes or a common cold and may occur repetitively. In such cases, the first step is to identify what you are allergic to and also consult a doctor for preventive medication.


 Allergies can be caused due to

  • Foods like nuts, dairy products, fish, etc.
  • Non-food proteins like latex
  • Toxins that interact with certain proteins in the food
  • Hereditary (genetic structure causes allergies in some people)

Allergic Fungal Allergy vs. Just an Allergy

So I know fungi or as it is often termed mold, can grow in the body cavities and yes, it does cause the body to react in various ways but how can you tell if it’s just an allergy or a fungal allergy? One allergy is the same as the other isn’t it?

An allergy is basically an overreaction of one or more of the bodies systems to a harmful particle it comes into contact with. These particles by themselves are safe however in certain individuals the body perceives these as vicious body invaders and as a result starts to swell, becomes red, leaks excess fluid, cause sneezing, watery eyes, itchiness all over and results in you feeling pretty down.

Both fungal and normal allergies progress if not treated, both can be accompanied by yucky bacteria and both cause outrageously foul breath. Allergens, both fungal as well as pet dander, dust and foreign particles are airborne therefore easily contracted. The symptoms of both mold and fungal allergies are also the same however there is one main difference. Fungal allergies often lead to wheezing and a shortness of breath common with asthma type symptoms.

As these two conditions are so similar a visit to your GP or Specialist may need to be considered as they will be able to culture a sample from your nasal passages and sinus cavities to identify if mold is in fact present. Remember, fungi spreads easily with spores easily dislodged from their carriers. This means that even a small whoosh of air is all that is needed to disperse millions of spores ready to migrate into and flourish in deeper body recesses. Fungi is also extremely resilient as it grows like a plant with a root system to anchor itself into the delicate membrane linings. For more information on fungal allergies and treatments visit