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About Mold & Mildew Allergies

If you’re allergic to molds, stay far away from them. Inhaling mold spores can cause symptoms such as sneezing or a runny nose in people who are allergic to them. 

About Mold & Mildew Allergies - Article

1. What it is

Mold grows in damp areas and reproduces through tiny, airborne spores.

2. When it is in season

Indoor mold can be a problem throughout the year.

3. What to watch out for

Any wet surfaces will attract mold and aid in reproduction. Areas to look out for include: basements, bathrooms, shower stalls, refrigerator drip trays, houseplants, humidifiers and garbage pails.

4. What to know

Mold growth is most common in the fall when there is rotting vegetation, logs, and full, active compost heaps. In the Prairies, mold is a common allergy that appears in late summer to early Fall, with a peak in spring when the snow melts.1

5. What to do

The key to reducing mold is to keep your home dry:

  • Fix leaky faucets and pipes
  • Make sure rooms are properly ventilated
  • Use a vented exhaust fan to remove excess moisture
  • Keep humidity levels below 50% with air conditioners and dehumidifiers
  • Use cleaning solutions designed to kill mold and mildew