Untreated water damage can trigger asthma attacks

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What untreated water damage can do to people with bronchial asthma. (Photo Credits)

Untreated water damage can go beyond physical hassles and stresses, because it can cause illnesses including asthma attacks.

This is because untreated water damage can induce mold growth within the first 48 hours or so.

The US Department of Health Services, National Institutes of Health published in its official website an article linking house molds to asthma in children.

“The researchers analyzed the original samples of house dust for concentrations of 36 different species of mold. The molds are on the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index, or ERMI, which was developed by the EPA to measure how moldy a house is. In the August 2012 edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the team reported that 69 of the children (24%) had developed asthma. The ERMI score of a baby’s home predicted whether the child would have asthma at age 7. ERMI values range from about -10 to 20. For a 10-point increase in ERMI, a child’s risk of asthma increased 80%. Three particular species of mold were most associated with asthma: Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus unguis and Penicillium variabile.”

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Facts on Mold and Asthma

The American Industrial Hygiene Association, for its part published in its website information on mold growth and its possible effect on people who have bronchial asthma.

“Most people have no reaction when exposed to molds. Allergic reactions, similar to pollen or animal allergies, and irritation are the most common health effects for individuals sensitive to molds. Flu‐like symptoms and skin rash may occur. Exposure to molds may also aggravate asthma. In very rare cases, fungal infections from building‐associated molds may occur in people with serious immune disease. Most symptoms are temporary and eliminated by correcting the mold problem.”

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Treat Water Damage to Prevent Molds

Australian Website ABC.net also detailed how asthma could be triggered by mold exposure. Read more here  

“The researchers looked at 36 different types of mold collected in household dust samples and found three types of mold, usually occurring in water-damaged homes, linked to later development of asthma. Other common household allergens, including dust mite, cat, dog and cockroach allergen, were tested, but mold was also the only one found to be a risk factor for developing the illness.”

Read the whole article here.

To prevent asthma onset or attacks, water damage in a home or commercial structure should be treated professionally as soon as possible.