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Mold Allergies Can Make You Feel Tired

John Gray


Mold is found everywhere.  It is outside on leaves and rotting wood.  In our bathrooms and around our windows.  In our damp basements.  We bring it in our homes from our shoes where it then settles in our carpet.  Most of us pay no attention to it but it very well may be causing many of the symptoms you are having and you don't even realize it. 


What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungus.  Mold grows by breaking down plant or animal matter and spreads by releasing tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air.  Mold can grow quickly in moist dark places such as basements, garbage cans, and piles of yard debris.  On foods, mold is visible on the food's surface.  If you have ever seen a green spot or a fuzzy spot on bread, that is mold.

We are all exposed to some mold everyday with no bad effects.  We breathe in mold spores that are in the air.  People with mold allergies however, may have a reaction if exposed to too much fungus.  



Natural Solutions for a mold allergy 

The first step to determine if you have a mold allergy is to be tested by an allergist.  Once it has been determined that you have a mold allergy, try to incorporate as many of the below natural solutions to help ease your symptoms. 

Outside Solutions

  1. Avoid mold as much as you can.  When the mold counts are high try to stay inside.
  2. Keep wet leaves away from your home and clean your gutters regularly.
  3. Always remove your shoes at the door so you don't track mold spores through your home.
  4. Eliminate any standing water around the outside of your home.
Inside Solutions
  1. Clean your bathroom often to eliminate soap scum and mold growth.
  2. Fix any leaks in your faucets or pipes.
  3. Run a dehumidifier.
  4. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  5. If you have had leaks in your home it may be worth it to bring in a mold expert to determine if you have mold growing in your walls.

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