What is included in patient education about mold-related allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis?

Updated: Sep 18, 2017
  • Author: Shih-Wen Huang, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

Try to reduce humidity in the home environment. Use a dehumidifier in the house or turn up the air conditioner, changing the air filter frequently.

Remove any visible mold stains from the surface of wet areas, such as the bathroom, with a fungicidal agent.

Fix leaky roofs and/or wet walls.

Consider removing carpet from cement floors.

Do not rake leaves or hay.

Consider using an air cleaner with a HEPA filter in the bedroom. Make sure the machine is well maintained.

Do not allow children to lie on the carpet at home.

Make sure all rooms in the house or workplace are well ventilated.

Remember that air conditioning units in cars can harbor molds. Allow the air conditioner to run for 10 minutes before rolling up the windows.

Clean the air-duct system in the house or building periodically, especially in humid regions.

Smoking cessation among family members or workers is crucial. Never smoke in the house, a building, or the car.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!