30 Mar
2009

You obviously cannot control the climate and the seasonal pattern of mould allergy. It helps, however, to know at least what causes you problems at certain times of year. You can keep windows and doors shut most of the time and avoid going out as much as you can at these times.

You can also try to avoid situations and places where mould concentrations are very high. Spend as little time as you can going into steamy atmospheres, such as launderettes, swimming baths, greenhouses, hot kitchens and bathrooms. If gardening, avoid the really troublesome tasks of cutting grass, composting and raking leaves. Stay out of damp, dark places. If going away on holiday, look for dry places if you can; the hot, humid tropics or damp caravans or tents are probably not for you. Use medication or therapy as prescribed to help you cope in these situations.

Fallen leaves in autumn are a prime source of moulds. Try to prevent a mould-sensitive child from kicking up or playing with piles of leaves.

There is a great deal that you can do to reduce the levels of moulds in your own home environment, even though there is little you can do about moulds in the world outside. There is also added value in making a major effort to control moulds in your home, in that reducing the levels at home can increase your tolerance level to moulds outside, and make you better able to cope generally where you cannot avoid exposure.

Furthermore, there is a high degree of cross-reactivity between moulds if you are allergic to one mould, you are more likely to react to other moulds as well. Controlling the levels of moulds around you where you can helps minimise the effects of cross-reaction.

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