A mould allergy comes from microscopic mould spores that float in the air like pollen. Indoor moulds shed spores all year and are found lurking in damp spots, such as basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, attics, fridges and windowsills. Many people think of mould as an indoor issue only. But mould also thrives in shady, damp areas outside, including on soil, plants, rotting wood, compost piles or dead leaves. Mould allergies are usually perennial and people who are allergic can experience symptoms throughout the year, particularly in the autumn.
Did You Know?
While some moulds form colonies that you can see, others can only be viewed under a microscope. So, just because you can’t see the mould, doesn’t mean it’s not there!
Pet Mould Symptoms
Some common symptoms of a mould allergy may include sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Allergy testing by a pharmacist or healthcare professional can verify whether you’re reacting to mould or have an allergy to another substance, such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander.
Clean The House
Help prevent mould with regular bathroom, laundry room and basement cleanings. Don’t leave damp laundry lying in the washing machine for long periods of time. Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles, grouting and fixtures with mould-killing and mould-preventing solutions. Use machine washable bath mats in the bathroom.
Keep Humidity In Check
Keep the humidity in your house below 50% to help discourage mould growth. If humidity is high, use air conditioners and dehumidifiers. You can also use an exhaust fan over the cooker and in the bathroom to remove extra humidity from cooking and showering.
Leave It Outside
Your shoes, clothing and hair can all be magnets for mould spores. Remove your shoes before entering your home and be sure to shower and change clothes right away after spending time outside. If you’re pinched for time, at least wash your hands and face well after coming in.
Make Friends With The Rake
Mould spores can collect on fallen leaves. So be sure to rake them up often. Since raking can stir mould spores into the air, wear a mask while tackling this chore. Or, better yet, enlist the help of another member of the family who isn’t allergic to mould.