Air Purifier Vocabulary
Once a month, we’ll be defining an industry term, that perhaps you hear often but don’t know the exact meaning of. This month, the spotlight is on mold spores.
What are they?
Molds reproduce through tiny spores, which are invisible to the naked eye. These spores float around indoors and out. While mold is considered a danger in the home, it is very useful in the decomposition of dead, organic matter outdoors. Mold needs water or moisture to survive, and will breed indoors if spores come in contact with wet surfaces.
What do mold spores have to do with allergies?
Molds produce allergens, irritants, and sometimes potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins) and can trigger allergic reactions in people who come into contact with them by inhaling or touching contaminated surfaces. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, allergic reactions to mold are common and include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Molds can also trigger asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. Even if you aren’t allergic to mold, it can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs.
How do I get rid of it?
Controlling the level of moisture in your home is the best way to avoid mold. Monitor the air quality in your home, keep surfaces in typically wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms dry, and use a filter to absorb harmful particles from the air you breathe to limit contact with mold spores.
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