Dealing With Triggers: Moldenparents mold makes your child's asthma or allergies worse, learn how to limit exposure to it. mold, molds, allergy, allergies, asthma, trigger, triggers, flare-up, attack08/02/201701/02/201801/02/2018Stephen F. Dinetz, MD11/18/20179445b03c-3710-4cc3-b77d-db95705901cd<p>A variety of things in the environment can make <a href="">asthma</a> or <a href="">allergy</a> symptoms worse. These are called "<a class="kh_anchor">triggers</a>." Your doctor can help you figure out what your child's triggers are.</p> <p>Mold is a common trigger for many kids.</p> <h3>What Is Mold?</h3> <p>Mold is a microscopic plant-like organism. It can grow on many surfaces, and prefers damp places like bathrooms and basements. Mold reproduces by sending spores into the air.</p> <h3>How Can I Help My Child Deal With It?</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Fix leaky pipes, faucets, or roofs. Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.</li> <li>Make sure your bathrooms and basement are well ventilated. Install and use exhaust fans to help lower moisture in these areas.</li> <li>If you have any damp closets, clean them well and leave a 100-watt bulb on all the time to increase the temperature and dry out the air.</li> <li>Run a dehumidifier in the basement or other damp areas. Empty and clean the water pan often.</li> <li>Remove wallpaper and wall-to-wall carpeting from bathrooms and basement rooms.</li> <li>Run the air conditioning (this is especially helpful if you have central air), making sure to change the filter monthly.</li> <li>Avoid houseplants, which may harbor mold in their soil.</li> <li>Clean any visible mold or mildew with a solution that's 1 part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water. Don't paint or caulk over moldy surfaces without cleaning them first.</li> <li>When painting bathrooms or other damp areas of your house, use anti-mildew paint.</li> <li>If there's visible mold on ceiling tiles, remove and replace them. Also check to see if there's a leaky pipe that may be causing the problem.</li> <li>Replace or wash moldy shower curtains.</li> <li>When mold counts are high, kids should take their allergy medicine before going outdoors. After playing outdoors, they should bathe and change clothes.</li> <li>Drive with the car windows shut and air conditioning on during mold seasons.</li> </ul>Cómo afrontar los desencadenantes: el mohoHay una variedad de elementos en el medio ambiente que pueden empeorar los síntomas del asma o de la alergia. Se conocen como "desencadenantes." El médico de su hijo le puede ayudar a averiguar cuáles son esos desencadenantes en su hijo.
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