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Are houseplants bad for mold allergy symptoms?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
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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