How to Prevent Mold Allergies

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Certain techniques can help you prevent mold allergies altogether in the area in which you live. Prevent mold allergies with help from a renowned medical expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Robert Eitches, certified allergist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and I'm here today to discuss with you how to prevent mold allergies. Well, first of all let's talk about the outdoors and you can think well, what can I do with the outdoors, how can I change the outdoors to make me less mold reactive or have less mold exposure and the thing about that that you have to think about is your home environment and what outdoors is close to your home. For example, make sure there's not a lot of leaves or debris that's touching the house or very close to the house. keep those surfaces clean. Also look to make sure that you're not over watering the grass or that there's not pooling of water especially say in areas that have a lot of shade. That could be causing more moisture and more mold to seep into your home. So let's move to the indoors. The first thing is repair any leaks in the room, repair leaks in any plumbing. If you have a roof leak and water gets into the roof, gets through the roof and into the crawlspace, that's an issue. Mold likes to live and once it's there it's very hard to get rid of. Then let's think about some of your inside surfaces that you deal with like your bathroom surfaces or your laundry room or your kitchen. Try to vent those areas. Let' air come in, let sunlight come in so that they don't stay dark and dank. Dark and dank means moldy. Also closets can get moldy and a good idea is to have a little nightlight in the closet so that you decrease some of the mold growth. If you have old pillows or old, an old sofa, sometimes that gets really moldy and the best thing to do with that is to just replace it. Sunlight also is good to kill mold and especially say on a warm dry sunny day, open up the windows, let the sun shine in and have the mold leave. I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm a board certified allergist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and I talked to you today on how to prevent mold allergies. Thank you.


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