Alternaria. Aspergillus. Cladosporium. Penicillium. Unless you have a special fondness for fungi, you’re probably not too familiar with these or any of the thousands of other common molds.
But if you’re among the estimated 5% of Americans who have mold allergies, you may be all too well acquainted with the itchy eyes, nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, skin irritation, and other symptoms mold allergies can cause. Severe mold allergies can even trigger potentially dangerous asthma attacks.
If you get a rash after starting a new prescription medicine, call your doctor. You may want to take photos of the rash with a digital camera or cellphone and send it to your doctor. The rash may be a result of a medical problem -- not the drug you're taking. Or your doctor may tell you to stop taking the drug and prescribe a different one. If you get a rash from a non-prescription medicine, stop taking it immediately. Call your doctor if you need suggestions for a different medicine.