Mold – it’s everywhere and it’s dangerous to our health!
If you have damp places in your home than you have mold. Living organisms that stain and discolor paint, counter tops, tiles, clothes, carpets you name it. Those hundreds of thousands of types of mold will leave your home smelling musty and swampy.
Leaky pipes, overflowing bathtubs and drains, your refrigerator catch pan, condensation from your air conditioning unit, all cause the growth of mold in your home.
Mold spores are tiny particles that move through the air, causing minor to severe health problems.
Mold does not affect everyone and breathing or inhaling mold will affect people differently than contact exposer.
Symptoms of mold allergies
• Watery eyes
• Stuffed or runny nose
• Chronic headaches
• Trouble breathing
Mold can also induce asthma. Molds which produce toxins and poisons can be detrimental for people who are exposed to large amounts. For individuals who have weakened immune systems mold spores can also pose a serious health threat.
How to combat mold!
Keep your house as dry as possible.
Install a dehumidifier damp basements.
Fix leaky roofs and pipes, those little drips can add up to a big mold problem.
Ventilate bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens.
Avoid installing carpets in areas of the home that tend to get wet, such as kitchens, bathrooms and mudrooms.
Use a diluted bleach solution in washing machines, refrigerator catch pans and other places in the home where water gathers.
If you need your carpets clean try either a company that offers dry carpet cleaning or a professional grade machine which can extract most of the water.
Mold allergies, like any allergies, are no fun and dangerous to our health. Keep your house dry, at least 50% humidity or less and work on building your immune system against harmful allergens.
Little tricks to help those big mold and pollen allergies.
Pull out those big sunglasses and cover those baby blues! Wearing sunglasses outside can reduce the amount of pollen or spores that get into your eyes. Eyes are more sensitive to sunlight when they are irritated by those pesky allergens. The best kinds of sunglasses to wear are dark glasses that wrap around to block as much pollen as possible.
Dust mites are one of the biggest causes of indoor allergies. The house dust mite loves to live on your bedding and stuffed animals. Washing your bedding and stuffed toys in hot water and drying them in a hot drier will help to kill those microscopic insects.
Indoor houseplants add color and coziness to our homes. The flowering plants don’t produce the pollen that causes hay fever but the soil in the potted plants can let mold spores into the air. Silk flowers can be just as pretty and they need no water.
Change you’re a/c filters often, using a diluted bleach spray to wipe down the vents and surrounding area. Keep your windows, curtains and blinds dusted! Clean out the refrigerator drain pans and any similar place that holds water – even the inside of your washing machine can be a great breeding ground for mold.
Leave your shoes at the door. No reason to add extra pollen and mold to the inside of your house by tracking it from the outside. Change your clothes and take a shower after spending time in your garden or a brisk walk through the neighborhood.
Vacuum regularly and remember to change the bag in the vacuum. For a nice touch you can sprinkle essential oils, like peppermint, Eucalyptus or Lemon Grass on the new bag. It makes the house smell good and can help clear up sinuses.
Finding relief from seasonal allergies can be the difference between enjoying the warmer weather and dreading the changing seasons, so try one of these remedies today!
I was having coffee today with Rick Savage, owner of Meditrend/Progena. We’ve been friends for many years and like to get together once in a while over at Starbucks and shoot the breeze a little. We were talking about some of the new products coming down the pipe, including a new alcohol free version of Allergena. As our conversations tend to do, we wandered around some and got on the subject of mold allergies.
I’m not sure why, but for some reason I’ve always been a little suspicious of the whole mold allergy thing. I guess it just seemed like it had always been so hyped in the media. I have followed the headlines on the subject for many months but never felt very convinced it was a big problem. Rick was quick to correct my misconceptions. He told me about a conversation he had with a woman who had called him to let him know that Allergena Zone 6 wasn’t working for her.
As their talk went on, Rick discovered she lived in what we refer to locally as the east mountain area. For those of you who have never visited Albuquerque, the east mountains are a totally different environment than the main part of the city. Unlike the dry, arid conditions here in town, many people on the other side of the mountains actually live right in the forest. Lots of huge pine, and damp, dark conditions just outside the door. It’s very beautiful, but it’s also more suitable for mold growth!
Rick suggested she try Allergena Mold mix in addition to using the Allergena zone 6 she had been taking. She decided to give it a shot. A few weeks later she called him back to thank him, and let him know she was symptom free! I guess I’m going to have to recalibrate my thinking on mold allergies.
A great thing about the Allergena Mold Mix is, unlike regular Allergena which is made for the part of the country where you live, it’s formulated for all the molds that get to you, regardless of where your at. If you think mold could be a culprit in your allergy suffering, give it a try.