Dr. Josh Orway says the coughing, sneezing and runny nose beyond spring and fall could mean the problem is in your home.
How to reduce the presence of mold:
Close windows at night when mold spores outside tend to be at their highest.
Wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose when doing yard work such as raking leaves, mowing the lawn or working with compost.
Avoid going outdoors immediately after a rainstorm, in foggy or damp weather, or when the published mold count is high.
Eliminate sources of dampness in basements including pipe leaks or groundwater seepage.
Use dehumidifiers in any area that smells musty or damp and keep humidity levels below 50 percent.
Use air conditioning with a high-efficiency particulate air filter attachment that will help trap mold.
Change filters on a furnace and air conditioner regularly.
Properly ventilate bathrooms especially while using a shower or bath.
Avoid carpet in bathrooms and basements.
Dispose of old newspapers, books or magazines.
For more information on mold allergies or to find a Premier HealthNet physician near you, visit www.premierhealthnet.com/doctor