Mouldy Homes Trigger Asthma

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Visible mould in homes is significantly associated with the onset of wheezing in children, a study found.

Lead author Dr Caroline Shorter from the University of Otago in Wellington, said: ‘We found that mould and leaks were more likely to be found in the bedrooms and homes of children who had just started wheezing compared to the children who had never wheezed.

‘The amount of mould present in the bedroom made a difference: the more mould, the greater the risk that children would start wheezing.’

Dr Shorter recommends people use extractor fans, avoid drying clothes inside and open windows to allow ventilation.

The researchers analysed 150 children aged between one and seven who had visited their GP with new-onset wheeze.

The study’s participants’ homes were assessed for moisture damage, condensation and mould.

The study also found the more mould, the more cases of asthma.

‘We found that mould and leaks were more likely to be found in the bedrooms and homes of children who had just started wheezing compared to the children who had never wheezed.

‘The amount of mould present in the bedroom made a difference: the more mould, the greater the risk that children would start wheezing.

She said: ‘Worldwide prevalence of indoor mould is estimated at 10 to 30 per cent of homes, depending on climate and asthma rates are one in 20.

‘We need to reduce moisture in our homes by using extractor fans, not drying clothes inside, and opening windows often to improve ventilation, even for just 10 minutes a day.

‘Even with these measures mould can still grow, so we also need to frequently check for mould and remove it when we see it, particularly around windows, where condensation can increase mould growth.’

This article originally appeared on The Daily Mail, 07/09/2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4862072/Mould-triggers-asthma-Spores-cause-wheezing-children.html

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