Mold may be the cause of allergies that get worse in damp weather.
Mold produces spores that move, like pollen, in outdoor air during warmer
months. During winter months, indoor molds can also be a problem. To avoid
exposure to mold spores:
Remove extra leaves, grass clippings, and compost
from areas close to your house.
Fix leaking roofs and any other
places where water leaks inside the house.
Store firewood outside
Seal off or avoid damp areas, such as crawl spaces or
basements, and avoid items that have been stored in damp places. Try using a
dehumidifier to control mold growth in these areas or during damp
When using an air conditioner or a humidifier, replace
cooling system filters every 3 months.
To reduce mold growth:
Clean bathtubs, shower stalls, and curtains at
least once a month with a disinfectant or liquid bleach.
humidifiers or vaporizers once a day with a vinegar mixture and once a week
with a bleach mixture to reduce mold. Avoid using them if you have dust
allergies because dust mites survive better where there is higher
Clean bathroom and kitchen surfaces frequently with
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