No one can deny how beautiful fall leaves look. But once foliage starts to decay, it becomes a breeding ground for mold. Breathing in spores can aggravate asthma and cause heavy breathing, wheezing, and other upper respiratory symptoms in those with mold allergies. Here are some steps to take if you or an older loved one seems at risk for mold allergies:
Check the humidity
Damp basements and indoor areas have higher than a 50% degree of humidity are a common source of mold. The Mayo clinic suggests placing a dehumidifier in the basement.
Leave your shoes outside
Forget dirt and mud—you could be dragging mold throughout the house.
Close the windows
Particularly on windy days or if the senior lives near a busy road, you should try to keep windows closed as much as possible.
Time your outings
If you have to take an allergic senior out for a doctor’s appointment or a trip to the store, try not to do it in the morning, when allergens can be dense.