What are the avoidance strategies for fungal allergens?

Updated: Jul 07, 2019
  • Author: Bhumika Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Most of the fungi recovered from an indoor environment emanate from outside. However, certain species, such as Penicillium and Aspergillus, can be found in greater quantities indoors.

Avoidance strategies for fungal allergens are as follows:

  • Reduce spore infiltration – Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible

  • Control moisture – Decrease the indoor humidity level to less than 50%, if possible

  • Cleaning – A detergent solution with 5% bleach is useful for washable wallpaper and paneling

  • Use central air conditiong HEPA filters

  • Wear masks when cleaning


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