A severe allergy alert has been issued for mold spores in central Oklahoma by a clinic that monitors such conditions. The alert was issued for Aug. 28 by the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic due to Cladosporium.
“This is an extreme exposure situation,” the clinic stated in a news release issued to media outlets Tuesday afternoon.
Severe symptoms may be expected in mold-sensitive individuals, the alert stated. The more seriously allergic people should be advised to stay indoors as much as possible. This is especially true if a person has mold sensitivity or allergic bronchial asthma.
Spores and colonies of Cladosporium are known to be very resistant to changes in the amount of water available, as they have been observed to resume growth after extended periods of drying, according to information posted on the University of Tulsa website.
In most places in the world, spores of Cladosporium are the largest contributors to the atmospheric spore count, both indoors and out. Although these spores are present year round, their concentration in the air hits a peak in the summer and early fall seasons in temperate climates.
The spores are known to be prevalent sources of allergens in the atmosphere, generally causing symptoms associated with respiratory allergies. Symptoms include allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
Regarding pollen levels, the allergy alert four-day forecast for Edmond called for a high level Tuesday, a medium high level Wednesday and a high level Thursday and Friday, according to www.pollen.com. High pollen levels tend to affect most individuals who suffer from the pollen types of this season. Tuesday’s predominant pollens were ragweed (flower in late summer), chenopods (annual herbs) and grasses.
Visit www.oklahomaallergy.com to view the addresses for all Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic locations, including the one in Edmond.
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