Sometimes allergy to mold makes you feel like you are fighting a battle that is unlikely to win. Mold is ubiquitous, no matter indoors or outdoors. But you can take the following measures to lower the chance of mold exposure.
Environmental mold spore levels
Be alert to outdoor fungal spore levels. Do not stay outdoors more often if the concentration increases. Keep track of relevant information from allergy monitoring agencies, and dynamically track spore concentration levels to minimize environmental exposure.
There are high concentrations of mold in certain special places such as greenhouses, farms, flower shops, construction sites and antique shops. Before entering, you can take anti-allergic drugs in advance and remember to wear protective masks.
Avoid the environment where mold is infested
Places where people are scarce, where piles of wet leaves accumulate, are paradise for mold growth. Avoid being in these environments as much as possible. If you need to do gardening work such as mowing the lawn, excavating the soil, planting plants, or sweeping leaves, remember to wear a dust mask; when you return to your home, take a shower and wash away the mold spores that are on your hair.
Avoid indoor humidity
Lower the indoor humidity to make it an environment unfriendly to mold. When the dehumidifier or the air conditioner is turned on, the humidity should be lower than 60%, preferably between 35% and 50%. Hygrometers can be purchased to pay attention to the humidity of the home environment.
Bathroom and kitchen cleaning
Molds are easy to survive in warm and humid places such as bathrooms and kitchens. The surface of the environment is clean and it is not easy to grow mold. However, molds can easily grow on surface with small soap or grease. An exhaust fan used in the bathroom, or a ventilation in the window can lower the humidity. The kitchen refrigerator liquid pan, door seals and trash can are all places easy for mold to grow.
Air conditioners containing HEPA filter cartridges can absorb mold spores, thus to prevent them from entering the room. It is also important to keep the air-conditioning trays and drains clean to prevent mold build-up and to ensure that the air-conditioning vents are clean.
In the event of a wet carpet from leakage, the carpet should be dried within 48 hours to prevent mold growth. Drain the floor immediately and fix leaking water pipes and faucets without delay. Keep in mind the growth of mold worms in wet conditions.
Keep the foundation dry. Sweep the falling leaves and clear thick shrubs and plants. Ensure that there is no accumulation of rainwater and smooth water diversion. If the home environment has less sunshine and more humidity, it should pay special attention to these methods to avoid mold breeding.