Your allergies and moldmay have nothing to do with one another. However, if you do experience allergy symptoms on an unusually consistent basis, you may be reacting to mold exposure in your home. Unlike seasonal allergies to things such as pollen, mold can cause allergic reactions year round. This is because mold grows indoors and can survive and grow as long as the atmosphere of your home has enough moisture.
While everyone is inevitably exposed to some amount of mold on a daily basis, some are more susceptible to allergic reactions based on:
- The amount of mold to which they are exposed
- Their body’s reaction to that exposure
- Their pre-existing respiratory conditions (if any)
Mold can cause reactions such as coughing, runny nose, and irritation of the eyes and throat. Molds also emit volatile organic compounds, which irritate your sinuses. Finally, those with asthma or any sort of respiratory issues are especially susceptible to an increase of those issues caused by mold exposure.
Of course, allergies can be extremely uncomfortable, exasperating, and even dangerous. Because of this fact, you will want to do all that is in your power to avoid mold and thus avoid the potential allergic reactions. In order to get rid of your allergies and mold, try implementing these simple tips in your home.
5 Simple Ways to Avoid Allergies and Mold
- Fix anything that is leaking. Mold thrives in moist environments. Obviously, leakage promotes moisture. By addressing leaks from pipes or flooding, you can be sure that you aren’t feeding the mold growing in your home.
- Scrub. If you find mold on hard, non-porous surfaces, you may be able to get rid of it by simply washing it off with soap, water, and a firm brush.
- Avoid damp fabric. Remove carpet or rugs from areas of high moisture levels. And never pile up wet towels or clothes.
- Ventilate. Make use of ventilation and exhaust fans in high moisture areas like the kitchen, bathroom, and basement in order to stunt mold and allergies.
- Use dehumidifiers. Humidity is a common form of moisture build up. Take advantage of dehumidifiers to avoid moisture, especially in basements or crawlspaces.
Allergies and mold often go hand and hand because mold exposure is a common problem. In order to avoid the pesky allergy symptoms, be sure to get rid of mold in your home. If you have discovered a mold problem that is beyond a quick fix, be sure to call Advanced Mold Diagnostics for trusted, professional mold remediation services.