Mold, dust, headaches? Oh my!

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    Might as well get this out of the way: I live in a trailer. No, I'm not trailer trash nor do I live in a trailer park.

    With that said, the propane heater I use emits lots of moisture and after using it, the window sills become not only damp, but wet. It's been a while since I've checked the sills for mold and when I did, lo and behold, there it was! So I break out the Lysol, spray it down and then wipe it up with a cleaning rag. This is done throughout the entire trailer. Later that night, when I was in bed ready to sleep, I noticed that I was slightly wheezing, a little dizzy, my limbs were a tad heavier than usual and the back of my throat was itchy, as if a spot of dust was stuck back there.

    I'm not sure if I stirred up a bunch of dust when I was cleaning the sills or what, but these symptoms didn't arise even with the mold still there. Any ideas why I'm suffering from these symptoms? :eusa_eh:
     
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    Good grief. Do some research and open your flipping windows to let the moisture out. With a propane heater you should always have something open somewhere anyway.

    And lysol won't kill that shit, you need bleach. But heavens knows what it is.

    I will never understand why men live in trailers and close them up so tight the air can't circulate.
     
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    Good to know that.

    I open up a window when I turn the heater on. If I open up anymore windows, then the heater becomes useless.
     
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    You winterize all but one small window, and you leave it open about 1-2 inches all year long. When you take showers, leave the bathroom door open, and leave your front door open as often as you can to improve air circulation.

    Have a time during the day when you turn off the heater and open up the door and let the air whip through it for an hour or so..I used to leave windows open in the back and front of the house for as long as it took me to do morning housekeeping when I was a stay at home mom...usually about an hour. I'd get dressed, turn the heat off, open everything up, turn back the beds, vacuum, sweep, then re-make the beds, shut the house up (except for one window, always, at least) and turn the heat back on.

    Air is your friend.
     
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    Of course that was for a four bedroom house and many beds. In a trailer, you'd have to figure out something else to do because it probably won't take you an hour to unmake bed, vacuum, sweep, and then make the bed. YOu could always spend the rest of the hour going around with a bleach bottle, touching up the mold.

    PS, be careful with the bleach, it can be deadly too.
     
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    Thank you, Alliebaba. I'll give it whirl
     
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    A solution of bleach and water will kill the mold/mildew. Lysol won't do jack for it.

    I experience throat and/or roof of mouth itching fairly frequently. Usually it's dust, pet hair or seasonal (late April-end of May). When I pulled out all of the Christmas decorations from the basement (unfinished part), my throat was really itchy for a day or two. My oldest is allergic to the cat and also has asthma. When she comes home from college her throat itches for many days due to the cat.

    In addition to Allie's suggestions (airing out the house is a must), vacuum and dust everything really well. When it all settles see if your symptoms disappear.

    Just a thought --- perhaps it was the Lysol that bothered your throat?
     
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