A 27-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

i get itchy eyes and runny nose when i go down to my basement. what could cause that?

4 doctor answers
Dr. David Kira
20 years experience Ophthalmology
Allergies: Basements and other dark damp places may harbor allergens such as molds. These can be powerful allergens and cause intense itching. Be sure to check for these or water leakage. Just wear a mask with good ventilation or call a professional if you smell a musty odor.
Answered on Jul 24, 2018
11
11 thanks
Dr. Andrew Shatz
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Mold, dust, allergy: Basements can harbor mold, dust, and animal dander. Often, there is poor air circulation which creates the problem. If you cannot or do not want to avoid going to the basement, have it professionally cleaned and evaluated for mold. Using antihistamine eye drops may help the symptoms, but the root cuase will still be there.
Answered on May 25, 2018
3
3 thanks
Dr. John Jarstad
36 years experience Ophthalmology
Mold spores: Mold is likely. Install an electrostatic air filter / cleaner and wash the element in the dishwasher monthly with a tablespoon of household bleach. That will kill the mold. Also clean everything out and mop with a fungicide solution purchased at home depot or other commercial store or hire someone to professionally clean it. You could also have a pest or animal problem or birds.
Answered on May 25, 2018
5
5 thanks
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Possible allergy: Could be an allergy to dust or mold.
Answered on May 25, 2018

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
49 years experience Ophthalmology
Mold/dust issues: These are classic reactions to ether mol wet or dry, mildew, and/or dust. Check the carpet especially under for hidden problems and the humidity.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
29 years experience Addiction Medicine
Histamines: As a response to allergies the body releases histamine s among other things, which make the eyes itch. Treatment is antihistamine eye drops. All sympt ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
29 years experience Addiction Medicine
Possibly: Allegra (fexofenadine) can help with allergy symptoms, but there are eye drops that are very effective for ocular itching and redness. They are presc ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
44 years experience Ophthalmology
Could be dryness: Try humidifier in your bedroom when sleeping for the next week to see if this improves. If not, please see an internist.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month