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Prevent Mold

Household molds can trigger allergy symptoms in allergy sufferers. So avoiding mold can help you avoid eye irritation, congestion, and other allergy-related symptoms. And the best way to avoid mold is to avoid moisture.

  • Keep the house dry -- don't let water build up anywhere, ventilate damp rooms, wipe shower walls and doors after use.
  • Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine where mold can quickly grow.
  • Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles regularly with mold-killing products.
  • Don't have too many indoor plants -- especially in the bedroom -- as mold can grow in plant soil.
  • Fix any leaks or seepage in the house, indoors and out.
  • Put plastic over dirt in crawlspaces and keep them well ventilated.
  • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Turn off humidifiers if you see condensation on windows.
  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in basements and other areas of the house where mold tends to grow, especially in hot humid climates.
  • Clean dehumidifiers and humidifiers every week.
  • On concrete floors, remove carpet and use area rugs that can be lifted and washed, or install a vapor barrier over the concrete.

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Waking in the middle of the night to change your child's sheets after a bedwetting episode is practically a rite of passage for parents. And it's more common than you think. "I call it the hidden problem of childhood," says Howard Bennett, MD, a pediatrician and author of Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting. "Unlike asthma or allergies, it's just not talked about outside the house."

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on February 18, 2014

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