Visiting People Who Have Mold Problems: Detox Suggestions?
I've been lurking around the forums for a while, but what actually got me to join is that it is already September. Three months from now, the holiday revelry and family-visiting will start, and I have a question that is probably of wider interest.
My question is about how to mitigate mold and mildew toxin exposure during short-term visits with family. For several days at the end of November, and again for several days towards the latter part of December, I will be visiting my mother's house because it is our family's epicenter of holiday thanksgiving and cheer. I lived there for a year between undergraduate and graduate school, when I often experienced symptoms not unlike continuously coming down with something. I suspected it was mold-related. Now that I am living in my own place several hours away, the exposure is much more pronounced when I visit.
The usual suspect (bathroom) has significant mold and mildew growth that seems to take over every now and again. The back part of the house near the guest bedroom has a history of mold and mildew growth, and it often gives me headaches to go back there. Finally, the kitchen will seed mushrooms around the edges during times of high humidity or when the dishwasher is broken. I kid you not. There are photographs of this somewhere.
Dealing with the mold problems in her house is Not On the Agenda right now, as she has a stressful job. This translates to her typically not being in the mood to do much other than watch Call the Midwife and eat brie. She's also supporting my two younger sisters, who are still in college. While I haven't brought up mold and mildew, the exchanges we have had about vegetables leave me less than enthusiastic about doing so.
Since I am guessing that spending any amount of time there would counteract staying in a hotel (not that I have that in my budget, but still), I am wondering what kinds of recommendations others might have for (1) staying in that environment without getting too sick for 3-4 days and (2) detoxing from mold toxins after leaving. I am guessing that popping activated charcoal all the time would not cut it.