Asthma is a severe health condition affecting the bronchi of the lungs. Oftentimes asthma is triggered by exposure to food and/or environmental allergens, resulting in inflammation of the air passages, and violent coughing or spasms which cause difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks have the potential to become life-threatening. Mold allergy can be a trigger to asthma symptoms.
Mold as an Asthma Trigger
Mold allergy is a potential asthma trigger that can be easily overlooked. Mold isn’t always easy to identify as an allergen trigger because the spores in the air are too small to see and mold colonies can grow out of sight. Some of the places which have the greatest potential to harbor mold include below the kitchen or bathroom sinks, inside walls, inside HVAC units or even in the carpet fibers.
Mold allergy can be suspected as a trigger if your symptoms tend to flair up during wet and rainy seasons. If your asthma symptoms seem worse when you are at home, you’ll want to track down the source of the trigger as soon as possible. If you find signs of a mold problem in your home, you’ll need to take steps to remove the mold and address the moisture problem which caused mold growth to begin with. Visit the EPA website for more information.
Other things that will help reduce mold exposure in your home include:
- Dusting and vacuuming often
- Good air flow throughout the home
- Using a whole-house dehumidifier if humidity is high
- Replacing carpets with tile or laminate
- Using a high-grade HEPA air filter/purifier
- Replacing the home’s air filters every 3 months.
- Reducing and controlling outdoor molds in your yard
- Taking your shoes and jackets off at the door.
If you would like more information on mold as an asthma trigger, please contact a member of the Healthy Way team!