Are houseplants bad for mold allergy symptoms?

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Mold allergy patients are sometimes advised by doctors to remove any houseplants they keep at home or at work. Though the plants themselves may not pose a threat, the related soil and containers may cause mold allergy symptoms. Because the soil in potted houseplants is often kept very moist, it's a breeding ground for mold. If the soil is disturbed, mold can be released into the air. Reducing your risk of mold exposure may require getting rid of houseplants.

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Environmental Allergies

Environmental Allergies

With environmental allergies, reducing your exposure to whatever is irritating you is key. Some people are allergic to household cleaners such as laundry detergent, hence the many varieties of mild detergent. With common irritants ...

like mold and dust, a cleaning routine can help. Reduce mold by removing houseplants, using a dehumidifier, avoiding carpet in the bathroom and cleaning indoor trash cans and shower curtains with a mix of water and chlorine bleach. Reduce dust by replacing carpets with wood or linoleum, removing drapes and feather pillows, regularly vacuuming soft furniture and floors, and washing bedding weekly.
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