Rainy weather drives up mold count

Rainy weather drives up mold count

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Feeling extra sneezy, wheezy or itchy today? It may be due to the fungus among us.

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency (SOAQA), which monitors air quality in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties reports Wednesday's mold count is 3,336 spores per cubic meter of air. That puts the mold count in the agency's 'HIGH' category.

Just how high? It's about 3 times more than the statistical average for May 11, according to SOAQA.

The agency says the recent humid weather in the region may be helping to drive that mold count up.

Here are a few tips on managing mold allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:

  1. The best way to stop the sneezing is to avoid exposure, so stay inside when mold counts are high.
  2. Keep away from uncut fields and avoid raking leaves.
  3. If you do go outside, take a shower when you come back in so they don’t stay in your hair.
  4. Try cleaning the mold off your walls with a vinegar solution.

For more information, visit AAAAI.org.

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