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Where To Live With A Mold Allergy

Where IS the Perfect Place to Live with Mold Allergies?

Mold allergy sufferers may spend their lives in search of the perfect climate. There are criteria when selecting a home based on environmental conditions, but unfortunately there is no true, universal answer.

Since there are so many types of people and so many varieties of mold, not to mention the fluctuating climate of any area throughout the seasons, it is virtually impossible to name one spot as the Utopia of all allergy victims.

That said, there is still some amount of hope. Allergy sufferers should always check the mold and pollen count of each season in any area before moving. They may be moving into a war zone.

It is good to be prepared for what lies ahead, especially if this enables them to choose a different new home.

Large Cities

Large cities, such as Charleston, SC, and Houston, TX seem to be worse for those fleeing allergies. Charleston and Houston were number one and two of the top twenty-five cities in the US in 2001, according to a study released by Flonase.

It may be the pollution or the population, but no matter the reason, those who are subjected to allergies have found living in large cities to be miserable.

Conditions

Warm, windy conditions are also distressing. Mold thrives on warmth, and travels by way of the breeze.

Those violently allergic to mold should stay away from this type of climate at all cost. Even those who are less allergic than others should avoid this.

Humidity

Humidity, too, can be a mold’s friend and allergy victim’s enemy. Areas that are often moist promote mold growth, creating an environment unfriendly to most.

Those that live near water, such as the coast, and suffer from mold allergies, ought to consider moving inland. Those that are thinking about moving to the coast: don’t.

Coupled with heat and wind, this is a nightmare.

Seasons

Many molds are dormant in the winter, but not all. A region that freezes more frequently or for longer periods of time than most would be ideal for allergies.

However, the Northwest United States is still uncomfortable for anyone bothered by mold. The fact remains that not many people long to spend their lives in a cold, arid location.

Some people do eventually find their own version of Utopia, and still more don’t. There is no right answer.

All anyone can do is keep a clean, dry home, and do their best to avoid situations that may cause an allergic attack.

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  2. I heard that salt water kills mold and the best places to live would be in Salt Lake City or near a beach. Is that true? Even with the humidity? I do feel better when I go to the beach.

  3. I’m new to this page & have genetic mold illness and mold allergies. Great question above about whether sea salt kills mold. Wish someone could answer that 🙂

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  6. I have been having a tough time breathing for a couple of years now. It seems the culprit is
    a mold allergy. I cannot see any mold in my house, but according to mold testing it exists. My question is with not being able to see it, how can I deal with it and clean it up.
    I want to be able to enjoy my home, but at this time I am having to live elsewhere. When I visit my home, I am back to struggling with my breathing. Any suggestions would be so appreciated.

  7. I live in western Oregon and have a mold allergy. If I moved to central Oregon, 2 hours away, where it is much drier would that help?

  8. We built a brand new house and took great precautions to protect against mold. After only 3 years there was aspergillus mold in the crawl space but it is not seen and the source never found. We spent over 6,000 in renovations and 10 months in a hotel and even though the test finally came back negative I still can’t breath in the house. My advise is to sell the house and move!

  9. We live at the Jersey shore. Mold is just ad bad unless perhaps you can afford a nillion dollar house on the beach. But then you deal with coastal flooding and resultant mold. So, no…I don’t think living at the beach helps. I can often smell the mold outside….everything is damp.

  10. I am moving to Bend Oregon to escape the mold I’m experiencing living on Oregon west coast… I live 45 minutes from Lincoln city and this mold is taking a toll on my health… Bend is a way dryer climate and I do better there. I used to live there..

  11. I bought a new home in SW Florida 7 miles from the beach. I was sick and didn’t know why and found out through a mold sample test done by an expert my house was contaminated by three molds that are airborne. Penicillium Aspergillius, Chatasporium and Cladasporioum. I wish I never learned the names of this type of mold caused by high humidity and water damage.

    I had an expensive remediation 85K my home and passed the clearance test. I chose the best companies with squeaky clean BBB’s A++ ratings moved back in and now 8 moths later am sick again. The new air quality specialist sold me a Carrier Infinity (do not buy this line in a humid area especially in Florida). My comfort specialist assured me this was the perfect HVAC system to remedy my problem. Obviously it was not.

    I lived in Minneapolis MN and wish I never left. The snow kills off everything and it is the most beautiful state I have ever lived in and when they say Minnesota nice is that true it is!

    My advice is the same sell the house do your homework and move on!

  12. My 11 yr old daughter has severe mold allergies. We started out in San Diego, which was amazing if you can afford it. Then Dallas Texas – horrible! So I thought. Moved to Northern Georgia and not so bad except for spring pollen counts. Went on the Birmingham, AL which made Texas look easy. 45 days out of school due to illness. Medicated likes she is an adult… nothing helped. Recently came down to the Gulf Coast and she is ok right near the beach but 5 to 7 miles inland, it changes.
    We did a 4700 road trip last year and noticed she did really well in Colorado.

  13. When I discovered I had toxic black mold in my air-conditioner in Orlando, FL I hired a technician who I thought had cleaned my home free of mold and whatnot the Mold Treatment center in a suburb of Atlanta. They told me I can’t go back to my home, car, clothes or any of my possessions. I just walked away from it all after spending thousands of dollars with so called experts in the Industry. I have been living in NJ for the last 4 years mold free. I had to start over, it’s very hard to do, but you MUST to live healthy and mold free.

  14. I had mold growing INSIDE my body for at least six years. It is now out, but the damage is done. I live in Florida and perpetually am symptomatic due to the heat and humidity. I’m trying to relocate to Colorado to salvage my health. I was thinking cold and dry might be my only saving grace at quality of life!

  15. i am highly allergic to mold & suffer constant sinus infections despite every allergy medication, including shots. I lived in Denver CO during college & didn’t get sick once, so for a lot of you that is a great option. I’m right outside of Philadelphia now & am looking to move, because as much as I love being near family & friends, I am sick all the time. This year with all the rain, outdoor spores are terrible. I lived in Charleston SC a few years ago & it was just as bad. My husbands job keeps us on the East Coast, but we are thinking maybe Florida close to the beach?

  16. I moved to Florida south of Tampa last year from Michigan to retire. I found out I’m highly allergic to mold, had all the tests. I have never been so sick every day in my life. The air isn’t fresh smells of mold and fungus all the time. Mold and fungus grown everywhere, on roofs, sidewalks, driveways , trees , etc it’s everywhere. Just look , see black, it’s mold! I’m now having my condo evaluated as I’m so sick inside too. No one understands just how sick it makes a person feel! Have to move ASAP to try on get health back. But where??? Help? Would love suggestions! I don’t really want to go back to Michigan due to 5 months of snow! Florida is #2 for mold due to weather conditions. Stay clear if Florida. And if you like drinking water from a tap , forget it! Have to haul bottled water or buy Culligan! Also 2nd worst state for water quality. Everyone here I know is sick from something !

  17. Currently residing in southern Alabama and it’s the worst place for my mold allergy out of the 6 states i’ve lived (PHILA BURBS, JERSEY SHORE, SAN DIEGO, CHARLESTON SC, SAVANNAH GA.) My mold illness makes me extremely sensitive to chemicals, pesticides, fungicides, perfume/cologne, hairspray, laundry detergent, etc. I’ve lived here for a year and a couple months in a brand new home and my health has degraded faster than ever before. I can’t be anywhere near people because the sensitivities have become completely overwhelming for my body. All the stores and everything in them including fresh produce are covered in what smells like perfume, plus toxic mold. I am assuming the perfume smell is usually fungicides. I think all structures down here have a plethora of mold, mildew, pesticides, and fungicides. It’s been hell.

    From my experience, living in the northeast, as much as I hate the climate, seems to be a better option for dealing with my mold illness. My next goal/hope is to move back to the jersey shore, close enough to the ocean to get consistent ocean air in my lungs without living in a flood zone. At this point, living in an older home is always going to be a huge risk, so the newer the construction the better. I have also found that tanning whether outside or in a tanning bed helps my body clear out mold immensely. It also helps with the depression and anxiety that come along with mold illness. UVB rays are what you’re after. Not too much and get exposure year round (hence tanning bed if you’re far from the equator.)

    From the bottom of my heart, I hope everyone here stays strong battling these issues and fights to get themselves and their loved ones into clean homes in clean places…as hard as it may be.

  18. Jenn I experience the exact same thing, I can differentiate the smell of mold when it’s sort of masked by perfumes, the air coming out of a dryer mixed with fabric softener, we renovated our house to try & fix the problem but it persist. I can’t really go out because of how strong it smells in some areas especially near storm drains. We’re moving to a new home about 20 minutes away more inland in Los Angeles county. 34 miles away from the ocean & im currently 24 miles away. I really hope this will be it, but today we had bad air quality and I wanted to go check the area out on a bad day. The moldy haze/smog/most is strongly present there on somedays 🙁 but it’s the opposite of my current downtown home. God bless you all

  19. Deathly allergic to mold, trying to stay alive. Live in SWFL and cannot escape toxic indoor mold to literally save my life. Now that we took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, EVERY building has water damage.

    I’m fresh out of the hospital again and just got disability because of the mold, so I now have the ability to move.

    I’m debating Berkley, Denver or Madison for the disability services, environment and social climate.

    I’m not really into snow, so I about have my heart set on Berkley, but now I’m worried about it being on the coast.

    Are Denver and Madison my only real options?

  20. Grew up on the Jersey Shore and about 10 years ago was getting so sick I could not function. I was diagnosed with mold illness. I tried Living in AZ, NC, SC, now NY. I Just got Subsidized (disability) Housing in NY near Binghamton and did not initially smell the mold. Thought I would take the chance and I can only smell it on certain days, depending on the humidity. I need to move, once again, looking up best places and CO is a place I think I may try, if I can find Housing! I hate being away from the ocean but I just cannot live in a humid, damp, wet climate. I did okay in AZ but I was living in my car. A lot of buildings in AZ have mold and the air quality is awful in Phoenix. Any suggestions?

  21. Nicole,
    Denver is ranked #8 highest in mold count in the nation and there is literally zero legal protection. I don’t advise it. Everyone I know in the front range corridor has experienced black mold since the 2013 flood. Our family has suffered severely and 9 moves later we have given up and are relocating with nothing, no possessions and trading out our vehicle, because cross contamination is rampant. The only viable climate for mycotoxin illness is cold, high desert.

  22. I lived in the Midwest most of my life with no problems. Moved to coastal NC and it’s killing me. There is no escape from mold. Developed bad asthma at age 63 and I’m sick all the time. I never should’ve left Illinois . Unless you have this allergy, you have no idea how it changes your life.

  23. Cold high dry desert is Nevada. Reno is about 4000′ and very dry. It rarely gets hot. It rains little, the sierras suck out the water. I hope this helps.

  24. Not that this helps, but during a vacation to Corsica- an island in Mediterranean- my mold irritations vanished.
    Obviously this doesn’t mean we can all uproot and move to Sardinia or Sicily, but it may be worth thinking about what is specific to a Mediterranean climate In a search for places OTHER than inland and cold.

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