Mold allergies are just like any other allergy – a nightmare to live with. However, as all allergies, there are many ways we can take to reduce mold allergies, or even prevent them from happening to us. In the case of a mold allergy, you will start coughing and sneezing, eyes itching, and a runny or stuffy nose that makes you feel sick. Mold allergies are also linked to asthma and range from mild to severe. If you have a mold allergy, here are ten ways what you can use to protect yourself.
Track The Numbers
Mold is everywhere, indoors and outdoors. When you are outside, pay more attention to the outdoor spore levels. If the numbers are high, do not spend so much time hanging outside. If you need help with monitoring the spore levels, The National Allergy Bureau sends email notifications regularly if you subscribe to them.
Think Before You Enter
Before you step into stores such as flower shops, farms, greenhouses, construction areas and antique shops, either take your medication or wear a mask specially to protect you from the dust.
Know What You Need To Avoid
Things like uncut and damp leaves, especially when they are in a pile, are breeding places for mold to grow. Avoid such areas but if you have to do gardening such as mowing the lawn, digging up plants and sweeping leaves, wear a dust mask. Once you are done, go for a bath to wash away any possible mole spore on your hair and skin.
Get Rid of Any Moisture
The last thing you want your house to be is being mold-friendly. To achieve that, you have to remove any moisture as much as possible. Applicants like dehumidifiers and air conditioners, and the ideal humidity level should be below 60% or even better, between 35% and 50%. To measure the humidity levels of your house, you can purchase a meter, which is affordable, at a hardware shop.
Clean Your House
Mold thrive in damp, warm bathrooms and humid kitchens, as well as any surface with grease or soap scum. To solve this, adding an exhaust fan, or just an open window in the bathroom will reduce the humidity and prevent mold from breeding. For kitchens, keep an eye for mold on refrigerator drip pans, water and garbage pails.
Remove The Mold
When you notice there is mold on any part of your furniture such as glass, tile or plastic, use a bleach solution or simply just soap and water to clean it away. However, that is not enough. To tackle the problem, you need to know where the mold is coming from, i.e., the source and that requires a professional to help you with that. Iris Environment Laboratories conducts a full process of a mold inspection.
At Iris Environment Laboratories, we offer mold inspection services from start to finish. We inspect for moisture intrusion, mold growth and an air quality test to investigate the root of the problem. We will then analyse the samples collected in certified laboratory facilities under the Environmental Standard criteria. As we are a fully accredited and nationally recognized laboratory, we will take good care of you and your home.