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5 Common Allergens


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Mold
Fallen leaves may be pretty, but they can also harbor mold.
Fallen leaves may be pretty, but they can also harbor mold.
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Molds, like mildew, are fungi, which reproduce by releasing spores into the atmosphere. While allergies to mold are most common in midsummer to fall, triggered by molds that grow on rotting logs, falling leaves and composts piles, mold allergy symptoms can occur year-round thanks to molds that grow inside bathrooms, kitchens and basements.

  • To reduce discomfort from mold allergies:
  • Outside: Wear a dusk mask when mowing lawns or raking leaves.
  • In bathrooms: Replace damp carpets and scrub sinks, tubs and tile at least monthly with a solution of household bleach (1 ounce diluted in a quart of water).
  • In basements: Keep humidity low by raising temperature and using a dehumidifier. A low-watt lightbulb can help keep closet areas dry.
  • In the kitchen: Clean refrigerator gaskets and drip pans using a bleach solution and scrub out trash cans regularly.

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