Reactive airway - mold; Bronchial asthma - mold; Triggers - mold; Allergic rhinitis - pollen
In people who have sensitive airways, allergy and asthma symptoms can be triggered by breathing in substances called allergens, or triggers. It is important to know your triggers because avoiding them is your first step toward feeling better. Mold is a common trigger.
When your asthma or allergies become worse due to mold, you are said to have a mold allergy.
There are many types of mold. They all need water or moisture to grow.
Fabrics, carpets, stuffed animals, books, and wallpaper can contain mold spores if they are in damp places. Outdoors, mold lives in the soil, on compost, and on plants that are damp. Keeping your house and yard drier will help control mold growth.
Central heating and air-conditioning systems can help control mold.
In the bathroom:
In the basement:
In the rest of the house:
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Review Date: 6/7/2022
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