How to Stop Itching From Mold Allergies

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Mold allergies, among other things, can lead to severe itching around your body. Learn how to stop itching from mold allergies with help from a renowned medical expert in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm a board certified allergies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and I'm here today to discuss how to stop itching from mold allergies. Now, first I have to talk about my name Eitches, which is E then itches, and it's only appropriate that I speak to you about this. I've been dealing with this name for many many decades. So, let's talk about itching for a second. What happens in general within an allergic reaction is that you get exposed to something you're allergic to and it causes allergy cells to release chemicals or histamines and histamines make you itch, make your skin itch, make your nose itch, make your eyes itch, make you itchy and uncomfortable and crabby. So, what we have to do is we have to figure out how to stop that reaction or make it not happen in the first place. Itching is worse at night. That's for a couple reason, one reason is your body's cortisone is low at night. So cortisone treats itching, less cortisone, more itching. Second thing is that you have less cues, less things making your mind thing about other things. So it's quiet, it's dark, you have plenty of time to think about itching and nothing like being in bed and being itchy and let's talk about that bedroom and how can we decrease mold in that bedroom. Well mold likes moist environments and dark environments. So think about ways to decrease that. One thing would be to make sure that your windows are closed during wet days and that there aren't leaks from the roof that are dripping down through the walls or in between the walls of the bedroom. The other side of the coin is that on hot dry sunny days, open up your windows, air out the place. Mold likes dark environments so sunlight is good for decreasing mold exposure. Sometimes mold likes older things and it starts to live in pillows so sometimes you need to exchange your pillows, get some new fresh things that are less moldy. Older homes often will get moldy, and once mold gets in it's often hard to get out. If the bedroom is carpeted and it's been moist or there has been flooding, that's a big issue and maybe the carpet needs to be replaced or maybe eliminated entirely. Short of that we're still stuck with mold allergies, what do we do? Well we use medications. There are good medicines that are over-the-counter like your over-the-counter antihistamines. There are also medicines that are prescriptive like antihistamines Leukotriene Blockers or like nasal sprays in the antihistamine or in the cortisone family. Finally, you have a lot of exposure. You can't get rid of it, you're suffering, you're itching right and left, you might take something like allergy immunotherapy or allergy shots to make you less allergic. It's a process but when you're itching you're uncomfortable. Some people liken itching to pain, both sensory nerve factors but itching is worse than pain. With pain your body makes its own Morphine to quiet itself down. With itching you're brain revs up and it only gets worse. So anyone who discounts itching never has truly itched. I'm Dr. Robert Eitches, I'm a board certified allergist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and I've talked today to you about how to stop itching from mold allergies. Thank you.

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