Facts about mold and mold allergies
A mold allergy comes from mold spores that float in the air like pollen and can occur indoors as well as outdoors causing uncomfortable mold allergy symptoms. Outdoor molds often appear during warmer months, but can be found year-round in the South and on the West Coast. Indoor molds shed spores all year, usually hiding in damp environments.
Where mold typically lives
Whether indoors or outdoors, mold spores typically settle in damp spots.
Outdoors: Soil, plants, rotting wood or dead leaves
Indoors: Basements, bathrooms, cellars, attics, laundry rooms, refrigerators and windowsills
Mold Allergy Symptoms
Some common symptoms of a mold allergy may include sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Allergy testing by an allergist can verify whether you’re reacting to mold or have an allergy to another substance, such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander.
Help prevent mold with regular bathroom, laundry room and basement cleanings. Don’t leave damp laundry lying in the washing machine for long periods of time. Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles, grouting and fixtures with mold-killing and mold-preventing solutions. Use machine washable bath mats in the bathroom.
Keep the humidity in your house below 50% to help discourage mold growth. If humidity is high, use air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
Turn it on
Use an exhaust fan over the stove and in the bathroom to remove extra humidity from cooking and showering.
Clean, cold and clear
Clean the refrigerator and empty the water pan regularly. Discard spoiling food promptly to help minimize mold growth.
Let there be light
Mold doesn't like sunlight, so try to keep your curtains open during the day.
Check the label
For pillows, mattresses and furniture that are filled with foam rubber, be sure to check the label for “hypoallergenic.” Without this label sweat could make them moldy.