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Top Ten Triggers for Seasonal
Precautions to Take
to Reduce the Impact of the "Top Ten Triggers for Seasonal
Allergies," courtesy of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and
Immunology [U.S.A. Today, "All About Allergies and
Asthma," March 16,2001]
Up to 20% of the
U.S. population suffers from allergic diseases, including 35 million who
suffer from seasonal allergies. Allergists recommended avoidance as the
first line of defense against seasonal allergies. Here are the ten ways
you can reduce your seasonal allergy symptoms:
1. Stay indoors when pollen counts are high and on windy days when pollen
and dust are blown about.
2. Use air conditioning and a dehumidifier to clean, cool and dry the air.
3. Shower or bathe and change clothes following outdoor activity to remove
pollen and fungal spores from your hair skin and clothing.
4. Don’t hang clothes to dry outside; instead, dry them in a vented
5. Have a friend or a family member do yard work.
6. Keep windows closed at night to prevent pollen and fungal spores from
drifting into your home. Instead, if needed, use air conditioning which
cleans, cools and dries the air.
7. Minimize activities when pollen counts are high. Peak pollen times are
usually between 2-4 p.m., but differ for trees, grasses, and weeds.
8. Keep your car windows closed when traveling.
9. Try to stay indoors when the pollen count or humidity is reported to be
high, and on windy days when dust and pollen are blown about.
10. Take your vacation to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach or
effect of climate on mold problems
Q. I am a mother of a 2 year
old child who suffers from significant mold allergies. He is on constant
medication to try to control the symptoms...has already gone through two
surgeries also. I would like to know your expert opinion, since I can't
seem to find the information I'm looking for. Would he possibly benefit
by moving from a humid climate such as Houston, Texas to the dry climate
of Salt Lake City, Utah. I also suffer from allergies (I'm pretty sure
due to more mold than any thing), I never had bad allergies up in Wyoming
[a dry, desert environment] until I moved here. [October 28, 2004]
Yes, in general, living in a dry, semi-desert location like Salt Lake City
often is far less contaminated with environmental mold than a place like
very humid and very rainy Houston, Texas, the mold capital of the U.S.A.
But please note that it is very possible to have serious mold problems in
a very dry climate like Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, southern
California, and parts of other western states in the USA because of: (1)
exposure to Valley Fever [caused only by a desert mold species which does
not grow in humid climates]; (2) roof and siding leaks; (3) plumbing and
sanitary/sewage line leaks; and (4) the use of humidity-raising
evaporative-type cooling system [as contrasted with moisture removing
refrigerated cooling technology], which is an effective way to grow mold
and to distribute it through out one's home or apartment.
Mold Growth Lab
Grow, count, and identify only living mold spores in your self-collected
Mold Growth Lab surface samples, air samples, and bulk physical samples
worldwide, both before and after mold remediation with mold growth Petri lab
dishes from Mold Growth Lab.
Mold Growth Lab provides you with easy-to-follow
mold testing steps to use both Mold
Growth Lab surface samplers and Petri lab dishes to collect possible mold
growth on any surface, in room air, in the outward air flow from
heating/cooling air ducts, and on mold growth on building material physical
You can self-observe the lab dishes for 7 days to know: (1) is it mold? (2)
is the mold alive? (3) how many mold colonies grew in the 7 day observation
period. Only living mold spores will grow in the special mold food habitat
inside the Petri lab dishes. Each living mold spore will grow a separate,
distinguishable, countable, and identifiable mold colony. Dead mold spores
will grow NO mold colonies.
After the 7 day culture growth time period, each lab dish can be analyzed by
our partner mold analysis lab to identify and quantify the mold colonies
that have grown during that 7 days, and then provide a written report with
such mold species identification and quantification.
For more information on mold inspection and mold lab analysis, email Phillip
or phone toll-free 866-300-1616 or cell phone 480-310-7970 or visit
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