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Mold and Babies – The Importance of Mold Removal

Is Your Baby at Risk from Toxic Mold?

This time of year brings lots of sneezes and wheezes to young babies as the warm weather is replaced with colder temperatures. Going outside may seem like a bad idea to those parents whose children suffer with seasonal allergies or are susceptible to colds and flus. You may be tempted to stay indoors. But what if staying inside is actually worse? If mold is present in your home, your baby could be at a higher risk indoors.
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6 Tips To Keep Mold Allergies At Bay While Traveling

You’ve been chosen to go on a business tour to Mexico City, but you’re the least bit thrilled about it. It’s not quite the stress about the big project that’s giving you sleepless nights; it’s really the concern about your allergic asthma getting triggered. While you’ve done all in your capacity to prevent a mold attack at your home, in a foreign land, there’s very little in your control. So what’s your best solution? Saying no to the opportunity that your colleagues would kill for? Definitely not! These 6 simple tips will help you bid your mold allergies goodbye while traveling:
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The Dangers of Mold Spores

Having mold circulating in the air of a home can lead to multiple health problems, including allergic symptoms such as itchy skin, watery eyes and chronic coughing. There are many species of mold spores living outside that enter homes through venting systems such as air conditioning, in addition to doorways and windows. There are types of mold with mycotoxins that can weaken an individual’s immune system. Mold spores settle on everything in a building, including carpeting, walls and bedding. While homeowners may find it easy to clean these surfaces thoroughly, it is more difficult to clean mold from ductwork and vents.
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Mold Allergies: At-Home Remedies

How Can I Combat Allergy Symptoms?

Those who spend far too much money and time on doctor bills and prescription medicines for their mold allergies may want to consider other options.

There are several, less expensive ways to combat allergy symptoms in the home. Herbs, foods, and other methods may be more convenient and even more effective than making an appointment with your doctor.

Herbs

Certain herbs, both fresh from the garden and in the form of a supplemental pill, can help with allergies. Ginger, for instance, is an anti-inflammatory that causes glands and passages to reduce swelling.

This helps both with breathing, achy bodies, and swollen sinuses. Wild oregano, olive leaf extract, and garlic are all anti-fungal, killing off mold in the body, thereby cutting straight to the source, rather than dealing solely with symptoms.

Echinacea boosts the immune system, aiding the body’s ability to fight off mold.

Foods

Yogurt containing live cultures fights off yeast in the body, which the mold feeds on. Oranges and tomatoes, as well as other foods containing large quantities of vitamin C, also help the body to fight off mold, as well as limit the symptoms.

Eating less sugar and wheat, which mold interacts with, creates a less appealing environment for mold, therefore stopping mold from completely overtaking the body.

Decongestants

Vaporizers, vapor-rubs, saline solution, and other decongestants clear out sinuses, lungs, throat, and breathing passages. Boiling water and allowing the steam to envelop the face has much the same effect, especially if eucalyptus is added to the water.

Ice packs can be held to inflamed areas. This is even more effective when alternated with heat and steam against the same area. A de-humidifier is also useful, cleaning and stabilizing the air.

Painkillers

Pau d’arco, a tropical tree from South America, can be all encompassing. It is generally taken as a concentration or an infusion, rather than a supplemental capsule.

Not only is it an anti-inflammatory, it is also a natural painkiller that kills fungi and increases the power of the immune system.

Of course, there are always the average painkillers and allergy medications that can be bought over the counter. It may be more appealing to swallow a pill, but natural remedies can be better for the body.

Medications can harm and hinder the body more than help, in the long run. If allergies cannot be made tolerable with either of these directions, however, it may be time to see a doctor or specialist.

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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team

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Where To Live With A Mold Allergy

Where IS the Perfect Place to Live with Mold Allergies?

Mold allergy sufferers may spend their lives in search of the perfect climate. There are criteria when selecting a home based on environmental conditions, but unfortunately there is no true, universal answer.

Since there are so many types of people and so many varieties of mold, not to mention the fluctuating climate of any area throughout the seasons, it is virtually impossible to name one spot as the Utopia of all allergy victims.

That said, there is still some amount of hope. Allergy sufferers should always check the mold and pollen count of each season in any area before moving. They may be moving into a war zone.

It is good to be prepared for what lies ahead, especially if this enables them to choose a different new home.

Large Cities

Large cities, such as Charleston, SC, and Houston, TX seem to be worse for those fleeing allergies. Charleston and Houston were number one and two of the top twenty-five cities in the US in 2001, according to a study released by Flonase.

It may be the pollution or the population, but no matter the reason, those who are subjected to allergies have found living in large cities to be miserable.

Conditions

Warm, windy conditions are also distressing. Mold thrives on warmth, and travels by way of the breeze.

Those violently allergic to mold should stay away from this type of climate at all cost. Even those who are less allergic than others should avoid this.

Humidity

Humidity, too, can be a mold’s friend and allergy victim’s enemy. Areas that are often moist promote mold growth, creating an environment unfriendly to most.

Those that live near water, such as the coast, and suffer from mold allergies, ought to consider moving inland. Those that are thinking about moving to the coast: don’t.

Coupled with heat and wind, this is a nightmare.

Seasons

Many molds are dormant in the winter, but not all. A region that freezes more frequently or for longer periods of time than most would be ideal for allergies.

However, the Northwest United States is still uncomfortable for anyone bothered by mold. The fact remains that not many people long to spend their lives in a cold, arid location.

Some people do eventually find their own version of Utopia, and still more don’t. There is no right answer.

All anyone can do is keep a clean, dry home, and do their best to avoid situations that may cause an allergic attack.

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