CHARLOTTE -- All the precipitation this winter is doing a number on allergy sufferers. The damp weather is perfect for mold growth.
"Anytime you get water, rain, snow, you're going to have an increase in mold problems," said certified mold inspector Paul King.
That increase could lead to health problems for some.
"Mold tends to reproduce more during the damp, wet weather,” said Dr. Maeve O'Connor, of Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center. “Since we've had a lot of that around here, the mold spores are ramped out there."
Some common symptoms of a mold allergy include headaches, sneezing, runny nose and chronic sinus pain.
"People often think they have a cold when it really is allergies,” O’Connor said. “A cold should typically last a few days, three to seven days, allergies typically last longer."
Allergies can easily be treated with a trip to your doctor's office, or if they are more severe, with a round of allergy shots.
King says there are different ways to treat mold, depending on what type it is, the severity and where it is located. Many hardware stores carry a large variety of products to help treat a mold problem, which if left untreated could cause major problems this wet winter.
Allergists say mold spores are more common in the air then pollen spores in warmer months.