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Mold Allergies

Allergies are never fun, but mold allergies can be some of the most miserable.  Unlike some allergens, mold grows year-round and often invisibly within your home.  Thriving in damp places, mold can often be found in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.  Mold allergies cause nasal congestion, sneezing, itching, and dry skin. 

People with mold allergies can greatly decrease their symptoms by taking some precautionary measures. 

  • Keep bathrooms and kitchens well ventilated with a fan or open window.
  • Use a dehumidifier to kill mold in the basement. 
  • Clean your sinks and bathtubs at least once a month to get rid of the soap scum on which mold thrives. 
  • Use a plastic mattress cover on your bed to isolate molds growing in your mattress. 
  • Minimize your trips outside when the mold count is high.  Weather news reports often include the current local mold count.

Since mold is an inevitable part of life, it is vital to find effective ways of addressing your allergy symptoms. Speak with your doctor about allergy treatments, including antihistamines and allergy shots.  Consider nasal irrigation with a Betti Pot to get at the root of sneezing and congestion.  Irrigation with a simple saline solution will not only flush the mold and mucous out of your nasal passages, it will also flush bacteria out, thus lowering nasal inflammation and swelling over time.