Asthma Allergy Molds

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Asthma Allergy Molds in Your Home

If you are an asthma sufferer and have experienced an increase in attacks that has lasted for several months or longer, you may be dealing with a mold problem in your home or work environment. The microscopic mold and yeast species in your home or workplace create health issues by releasing microscopic mold spores into the air as part of their reproductive process. These mold spore can get into a person's respiratory system through the nose or mouth.

Mycotoxin carried by the spores gets into the airways and can cause respiratory distress, especially in those persons who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. The mold can cause typical asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and coughing. These symptoms are caused by inflammation of airway linings, the tightening of muscles around the airways, and fluid or mucus in the lungs.

Dealing With Asthma Allergy Molds

Even if you live in a new home in a fairly dry climate and work in a brand new building, you might be surprised to find out that molds which affect your asthma can, and often are, present. For example, today's lumber is usually stored outside without covering and is then shipped to a construction site. There may already be mold inside the wood when it becomes part of your new home! In order to reduce the amount of asthma allergy molds in your environment, you have to take action.

This includes having someone get up into your attic to make sure there are no damp areas due to leaks. You should also check out your basement, especially around windows and the base of the walls. Water spilled on carpet or tiles must be thoroughly dried or mold can grow underneath. You should eliminate any visible mold, including mold on grout in your bathroom or kitchen. Make sure you clean out the pan under your refrigerator regularly, as that can be a source of mold as well. In short, check for any areas where there is moisture. If you discover visible mold or your asthma continues to worsen, it may be time to call in a mold inspector. You can find a local inspector on the Internet.


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