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If I have mold allergies, what should I be careful of?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Synthetic materials are much less likely than natural fibers to attract and hold mold spores within your home or workplace. Whenever possible, use synthetic fabrics for things like clothing, bedding, furniture covers and curtains. Examples of synthetic materials include polyester, nylon and acrylic.

Mold spores absolutely love moisture! They often grow on decaying vegetation or on the ground, so victims are likely inhale them while cleaning the basement, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves. Molds become airborne when you stir things up, but they can also enter your life via a breeze blowing through your open windows.

Prime indoor mold real estate includes bathtubs, dirty laundry hampers, old newspaper piles, carpeting, fireplace logs, bathrooms, houseplant soil, foam rubber mattresses and pillows, and dark, damp basements. Leaky pipes or windows speed mold development, especially if water gets on your carpet. Humidifiers and vaporizers can also serve as a major source of mold indoors.

Mold spores also love to travel. Air-conditioning vents in your home and your car have the best seating.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.