Living with allergies: Relief from Mold Allergies
allergies dampening your spirits? Here are some tips to reduce your
chances of inhaling mold spores:
If you find spots of mold in your home, clean them with a
household disinfectant or a solution of 50 percent bleach in
water. Check the area to see if the mold returns; on floors or
walls, this may signal an underlying water leak.
Keep humidity low (below 50 percent) by using a dehumidifier. Be
sure to clean filters and empty any water collection trays
often, because these can breed mold and disperse it into the
Open a window while you shower and keep it open for a half an
hour afterward. If you use a shower curtain, stretch it out
after the shower so it will dry more evenly. Change your shower
Don't overwater plants.
Check pipes and faucets for leaks and correct them.
Vent the clothes washer and dryer outside.
Keep gutters clean and remove any rotting wood or debris from
Keep leaf-raking and lawn-mowing to a minimum. If possible,
enlist a non-allergy sufferer for these chores. If you must mow
or rake, wear an air-filtering mask and change your clothes
When turning on air conditioners, open a window and leave the
room for a few minutes to let spores that have collected in the
machine disperse. In the car, open the windows for a few minutes
when you first turn on the air conditioner. Clean air
conditioning and heating vents often.
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