Can Mould Cause Asthma?

Monday 11th December 2023

Joanna Grimbley-Smith

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When inhaled, ingested, and touched, mould can trigger a range of health problems including allergic reactions and respiratory infections. Some groups are particularly vulnerable to mould exposure, including asthmatics. 

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer quick, thorough mould remediation services. Our technicians have been accredited by Dewpoint Professional and can eliminate all the mould in your home, including mould in the air. 

Read on to learn more about the link between mould and asthma. 

The dangers of mould exposure for asthmatics

Mould, a common household issue, carries risks that go beyond unsightly stains and unpleasant smells. Its spores are tiny particles released into the air. They can easily be inhaled without us noticing.

For some people, particularly those with asthma or allergies, inhaling these spores can trigger symptoms like coughing and wheezing. This reaction occurs because our immune system recognises them as foreign substances invading the body.

Some kinds of mould also produce mycotoxins, toxic substances which are linked to serious issues including fatal asthma attacks as well as other problems like sick building syndrome. 

How damp can make asthma worse

Damp is a major cause of mould growth in the home. But extended contact with high levels of interior dampness can diminish lung capacity and cause respiratory issues, such as asthma. 

Maintaining a dry atmosphere indoors is not only more comfortable, it also protects one's health against future mould growth. Therefore, if you notice signs of excess moisture such as peeling wallpaper, discoloured patches on walls and ceilings, or a musty odour, don't ignore them.

Asthma UK advises that getting rid of all sources of excessive moisture is crucial for preventing serious respiratory issues associated with mould exposure.

The link between childhood asthma and mould exposure

Exposure to mould in early life stages can significantly raise the risk of developing asthma. Mould spores, invisible and airborne, are often inhaled unknowingly by children playing indoors.

Studies confirmed that children exposed to high levels of indoor dampness or mould have a much higher risk of developing asthmatic symptoms. Their defence mechanisms are still developing, rendering them more vulnerable to the effects of mould exposure.

How to manage your asthma around mould

Mould exposure can make managing asthma a challenge. It's vital to reduce this risk for more comfortable living. Here are some helpful measures you can take to prevent mould growth.

Firstly, maintain low humidity levels in your home. Dehumidifiers and air conditioning systems with built-in dehumidifying features can help keep it below 50% all day.

Keep your home well heated, too, to ensure surfaces don't too cold and reduce the likelihood of condensation. 

Ventilate your home regularly to get rid of humid air and bring in fresh air, as well as dislodge pockets of humid air trapped behind furniture. Avoid drying clothes indoors, too, as this can make the air humid. 

If you notice signs of visible mould, don't try to clean it yourself. Bring in mould removal professionals as soon as possible to protect your health and minimise damage to your property. 

How to remove mould from your home

Eliminating mould is not a DIY task. It requires professional help, especially when dealing with larger infestations or toxic forms of mould. Attempting to clean mould yourself can damage the surface if an inappropriate product is used, and disturbing the mould can encourage it to release spores which could make the mould problem worse and put your health at risk.

Professional cleaners have the personal protective equipment, training, and experience to safely eliminate all traces of the mould in your home. They can even isolate the affected areas during cleaning to prevent spores spreading around the property. 

Mould cleaners can pinpoint the cause of the mould in your home, as well, so they can deal with the problem and prevent its return in the future. They will also provide specific advisories to stop new mould growth. 

Frequently asked questions

How do you know if mould is making you sick?

The symptoms associated with mould exposure including persistent coughing, wheezing, and headaches. If these symptoms get worse when you are at home but improve when away, it might be due to mould.

What happens if you breathe in too much mould?

Inhalation of excessive amounts of mould can lead to respiratory problems like chest tightness and shortness of breath. It may also worsen existing conditions such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

What are the symptoms of breathing in mould?

Symptoms include nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing or skin irritation. People with serious allergies may experience severe reactions including fever and shortness of breath.

Get in touch

For a free site survey and no-obligation quote for our mould removal services, contact our friendly team today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to respond to your enquiry.

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