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Managing My HayFever

Seven ways to reduce your
exposure to mould

Do you have a mould allergy? Even if you are taking medication, it is best to keep warm and humid areas of your home free from mould.

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Does mould trigger your hayfever symptoms?
Mould is a type of fungus that thrives in a damp, warm environment, both inside your home and outdoors.

Mould allergy symptoms

If you have mould allergy, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Congested nose
  • Snoring

Complications include:

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Recurrent ear infections in children
  • Recurrent sinus infections in adults
  • Asthma that is more difficult to control

Even if your GP or pharmacist has recommended allergy medication, it is best to reduce the amount of mould in your home. Mould often thrives in damp areas with little air circulation, such as wardrobes, bathrooms and bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Mould control

Here are seven tips you might want to try to reduce the amount of mould in your home:

  1. Clean visible mould away with bleach or a commercial product.
  2. Ensure your home has adequate ventilation, including extraction fans in humid areas such as bathrooms.
  3. Keep things dry by checking your plumbing and sealing leaks in bathrooms and the roof.
  4. Dry or remove wet carpets.
  5. Remove indoor plants as potting soil often has mould.
  6. Avoid raking leaves, mowing grass or working with garden compost.
  7. Keep gutters clean and floor vents clear.