How to Find the Cause of Mold Allergies in a House

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Many different things could cause a mold allergy to manifest itself inside your home. Learn how to identify the cause of mold allergies in a home with help from a renowned medical expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm a board certified allergist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and I'm here today to talk to you about how to find the cause of mold allergies in a house. Well the first thing to do is to look for physical signs of mold or mold damage. That means looking for black areas. Look for black areas say behind clothes in the closet. Look for black areas behind say the bed or furniture. Look for areas that are dark say under the sink. These are areas that tend to get mold. Also look for signs of mold via your nose, your nose can smell mold. It smells musty, dank those are signs of mold. So these are some ways that you can find mold in your house. Now, what else could you do? Well you could go to your hardware store and you could get a mold kit and they're inexpensive and what they'll do is they'll measure the amount of mold in your home. You put one kit say in the bedroom, one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen one in a suspicious area. You let it get exposed to the air and you send it away and it will tell you if there is mold. Now the two major molds that cause problems in the home are aspergillus and penicillium. Frequently there are also companies that will do it in a more sophisticated way and what they'll do is they'll tell you the mold counts in rooms in the house and then the outdoors and if the indoors is four times greater than the outdoors, that's a problem. That means there is mold in the house that should be dealt with. Now, special areas that you should also pay attention to are going to be basements, bathrooms, shower stalls and you don't have to see a big black moldy area but for example in the shower stall you might see some mold in the grout. In general when mold is there it stays there. The best thing to do is to try to avoid it in the first place. However, there are ways to remediate or decrease mold exposure once it's there but sometimes that gets complicated and requires extensive work to air out areas and to replace wood that gets molded. I'm Dr. Robert Eithces. I'm a board certified allergies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and I've talked to you today and discussed with you how to find the cause of mold allergies in a house. Thank you.

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