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Outsmart Your Mold Allergy and 8 Other Spring Allergy Prevention Tips

Posted on Sun, Apr 30, 2017

Spring-Allergy-Prevention-(1).jpgMold lives everywhere and can cause allergic reactions year-round. Those who are allergic to the spores of mold or other fungi may feel the symptoms of hay fever, experience nasal congestion or worsening asthma. Like pollen, mold’s tiny spores can cause big trouble, but with careful planning, you don’t have to feel miserable. Outsmart your mold allergy for good and fight back with these spring allergy prevention tips.

Outsmart Your Mold Allergy

One in 20 Americans is allergic to mold. If you are one of them, staying away from fungi is key. Typically found in the bathroom, basement and kitchen, fungi grow in damp areas. To best reduce the odds of allergy symptoms indoors, take steps to control humidity levels in the air between 30 and 45 percent. A hygrometer is a tool used to measure humidity.

Unlike pollen, mold does not die with the first frost. It thrives on rotting plant life, logs, compost piles and fallen leaves outdoors, so make sure the yard is cleaned up regularly.

Other Spring Allergy Prevention Tips

The most common allergy triggers include tree, grass and weed pollen; mold spores; dust mite and cockroach allergens; and cat, dog and rodent dander, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Although there is no cure for allergies, several measures can help reduce the symptoms. Here are eight spring allergy prevention tips to help you fight back.

  1. Set alerts for local weather reports to find out when mold counts are high (you also can check the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's online U.S. map for current pollen and spore counts).
  2. Close up. During high-count times, reduce your exposure by keeping the windows shut in your house and car (run the air conditioner to filter out spores).
  3. Rethink your exercise schedule. If you love to workout outdoors, minimize your exposure on days with high pollen or mold counts. And, be sure to steer clear of major roads, as chemical irritants from exhaust can worsen allergy symptoms.
  4. Get smart about gardening. Wear a face mask whenever cleaning or doing yardwork.
  5. Filter the air. Use central air conditioning with a HEPA filter to help trap particulates throughout your entire home.
  6. Improve air flow through high-humidity rooms like the kitchen and bathroom by using exhaust fans.
  7. Keep your home clean. Upsetting an allergy source, such as dust, pet dander or mold spores, could send irritants into the air and cause serious reactions. Maintain a regular cleaning schedule, dust with a damp cloth, wash linens and curtains often, and reduce the number of pillows and fluffy toys around the house.
  8. Scrub up after spending time outside. Since pollen and mold spores can linger in your hair, clothing, skin and even eyelashes, give them the boot right away when you come inside. Same goes for Fido. Even if you’re not allergic to your dog, he can become an allergy magnet after an outside jaunt.
Additional Spring Allergy Prevention and Precautions

If these preventive tips don’t do the trick, consider a stronger treatment option, like an over-the-counter antihistamine to relieve symptoms. Other treatments include nasal rinses, steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants and allergy shots.

If allergy symptoms interfere with normal day-to-day activities, you should see a doctor. At eMedical Urgent Care, our physicians provide urgent medical care to both adults and children with convenient hours designed to fit your busy schedule. Learn more about our services and how we can treat you and your family by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 908.464.6700, or Middletown, New Jersey 732.957.0707.

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