How To Prevent Mold Allergy?
Mold allergy is a form of seasonal allergy which occurs due to the spread of spores into the air. The molds get deposited both the indoors and the outdoors of the house. Mold allergy symptoms can be observed in the form of nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, irritated eyes (red and watery), and coughing, wheezing and itchy throat.
How To Prevent Mold Allergy?
Here are some of the measures which can prevent mold allergy:
Avoid Going into Open Spaces of Greenery: It is the place which is more likely to have molds. Fields, backyards, greenhouses and flower shops have spores in the air which gets inhaled and develops the symptoms of mold allergy. Wear masks to avoid inhalation of mold spores especially when the season is high. Try to spend less time in such environments and limit exposure to the atmosphere. Try to avoid piling of leave in the fields and the backyards as it is the place where molds find a good space to grow and multiply. While cleaning the lawn, digging plant or rake leaves wear a mask to avoid mold allergy.
Moisture: It is the key component for the growth of molds. Try to avoid moisture deposition areas. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners are the agents which can help in controlling moisture and controls the amount of moisture present in the air.
The humidity range between 35% and 50% is good. People who are prone to mold allergies also rely on meters which can measure the humidity and indicate to maintain within the range.
Clean: we have heard the phrase “cleanliness is next to godliness”. Hygiene helps in maintaining good health. A good place does not allow multiplication of micro-organism including the molds. Mold grows in warm places, damp bathrooms which has soap and humid greasy kitchens. Use of exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms can help to control humidity. In the kitchen, refrigerator can also become a place of growth for molds.
Molds can grow on the surface of glass, plastic, tiles or damp corners of the house. Growth in such places can be controlled by using a bleach solution, soap, and water, or other antifungal sprays.
Grape Seed Extract Spray: 20 drops of Grape seed extract in 250 ml can be dissolved and shaken with a spray bottle in the affected area
Vinegar: White vinegar is effective in preventing the growth of mold, but few people may not like its smell.
Baking Soda: Mixture of baking soda and two cups of water in a spray bottle can be used in the moldy area. Wash the area with baking soda solution and let it dry.
Hydrogen Peroxide: A 3% hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle can kill mold growth. Let the solution be there for 10 minutes before washing. It may not be very effective but repeated use can be of great help.
Molds growing on dry walls are difficult to get eliminated and need professional services.
Basement: Control the humidity in the basement with the help of a thermostat or running a dehumidifier. Ideally, the flooring of the basement should not allow for retention of moisture hence linoleum or concrete flooring is good for basements. The basements are used as a storage unit, avoid thing s such as old papers, bedding, and clothes as these things can retain moisture and promote the growth of molds. Things should be kept in air-tight and water-proof containers to avoid slipping of molds into the storage units.
Landscape: Make sure the foundation is dry, keep cleaning the rake dead leaves and remove thicker shrubs and plants from your garden area. Check the places where stagnation of water is possible and take adequate measures to drain water. It is especially important when your house in a shady spot and lack of sunlight. Presence of moisture promotes the growth of mold.
Mold allergy can be prevented by eliminating the spread of mold by avoiding the visit to green places where the spread is quite common, and in case you go wear a mask. Control moisture and humidity to prevent the growth and spread. Agents such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and Grape seed extract, and vinegar can be sprayed on the affected area.