How Does Mold Affect Those With Asthma?
- Date: 05-2022
Asthma, which affects approximately 25 million Americans, is a long-term disease that causes
inflammation and swelling of the airways. Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors and indoor allergens can often exacerbate asthma symptoms. Mold is one of those allergens.
The CDC says, “Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can cause a person to become
allergic to mold. Molds can trigger asthma symptoms including shortness of breath, wheezing,
or cough in people with known allergies. Studies indicate that exposure to molds can make
pre-existing asthma worse.”
So, what can you do to prevent mold growth?
The EPA recommends:
● If mold is a problem in your home, you need to clean up the mold and eliminate sources
● Use exhaust fans or open a window in the bathroom and kitchen when showering,
cooking or washing dishes.
● Fix water leaks as soon as possible to keep mold from growing.
● Dry wet or damp items within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
● Maintain low indoor humidity, ideally between 30-50% relative humidity. Humidity levels
can be measured by hygrometers, which are available at local hardware stores.
And always call the certified indoor air quality professionals at Green Home Solutions to
remediate any mold found in your home or business.