Mold Allergy Symptoms

Kiss itchy skin rashes, watery eyes and sneezing goodbye with this guide for identifying and treating mold allergy symptoms.
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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

If you have ever been the victim of repetitive sneezing after digging through an old attic or tidying a basement space, then you are familiar with just how annoying mold allergy symptoms can be.

12 Apps and Gadgets to a Healthier Home

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Automatic Dustpan

You can keep sweep but never seem to get all the dust in the dustpan. Enter automatic dustpan. This dustpan hooks up to your central vacuum system and sucks the dust into the wall and out of sight. 

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Think Dirty Phone App

Your lipstick or face cream may be carcinogenic. Plug your personal care products into the Think Dirty app that rates items based on the reported toxicity of their ingredients, so you can choose the safest products.

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Dyson Humidifier

Thanks to an ultraviolet light that hits the mist before it leaves the machine, Dyson's humidifier aims to destroy 99.9% of bacteria that humidifiers often breed. 

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Water Filter

This is a far cry from a plastic pitcher. With its glass body, petroleum-free filter casing and coconut carbon filter, the Soma filter is the ultimate water purifier, all while looking stylish.

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Lapka Phone App

This miniature environment monitor works with an iPhone to detect radiation and electromagnetic fields in your environment. It also detects whether your food is organic by plugging a probe into the food in question. 

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Nest Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

Instead of beeping, this smoke and carbon monoxide detector both speaks aloud and notifies you via app if it picks up a problem — and tells you which room the trouble is coming from. It also specifies whether it's an emergency like a fire or a heads-up like burning food.

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Leeo Plug-In

This plug-in gadget works with your existing smoke and monoxide detectors, and contacts your phone (and your emergency contacts' phones), so you'll know if the alarms go off while you're away.

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Pelican Water System

Chlorine is a must to keep you from getting sick in a swimming pool, but you don't want it in your drinking and shower water. Pelican's whole-house water filters and softeners remove chlorine, sediments, pesticides and other water contaminants.

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Kohler Touch-Free Toilet Kit

This toilet kit allows you to flush without touching a germ-filled handle — just wave your hand over the sensor.

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Anti-Microbial Countertops

These counters can practically clean themselves. By incorporating copper into their surfaces, they’ve been made into bacteria-busters. Studies show that dry copper naturally destroys bacteria, fungi and viruses.

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LG Dryer

After a regular wash, there can still bacteria on your clothing. The LG dryer uses steam to get germs out of wet or dry items.

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Vacuum With HEPA Filter

Vacuums grab dust, but they can leave billions of allergens behind. HEPA filters can trap allergens as tiny as 1.2 microns, so spores and dust get whisked out of your environment.

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Mold allergies are typically characterized by sneezing, coughing, skin rashes, wheezing, runny nose, redness of the eyes and even the onset of asthma.

While over-the-counter antihistamine treatments like Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra will help to ease the symptoms of mold allergies, destroying the mold is the key to permanently keeping them away.

If you're looking for ways to help keep your home healthy, wash bedding and any other fabrics with which you regularly come in contact. Even though it is impossible to entirely eliminate mold, it is possible to take extra precautions to ensure your mold allergies stay at bay.

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