Ban These 7 Allergens from Your Home

Battle wheezing, sneezing and rashes by eliminating mold, dust mites and more
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Mold

Mold is a fungus that releases spores into the air. When mold spores are inhaled they can cause any of the classic allergy symptoms — sneezing, runny nose, hives, itchy eyes, trouble breathing. Mold thrives in moisture, so it’s most likely to set up residence in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements. To beat it back, keep areas that tend to get damp, like the gasket and drip pans of your fridge, as dry as possible, recommends the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Run the exhaust fan to air out a steamy bathroom. Leave the washing machine door open between loads. Set up a dehumidifier in the basement or garage. You can clean small patches of mold yourself, but for areas of mold larger than three feet by three feet, call in a pro, advises the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).