Can mould affect asthma
Poor housing can result in mould forming. This can worsen asthma. should not Please seek advice directly from your doctor if you have any concerns.
What is asthma caused by?
Asthma is caused by a swelling to the breathing pipes that allow air to flow in and out of our lungs. This causes a temporary narrowing which can happen randomly or after exposure to certain triggers.
Triggers include mould spores (discussed in this blog), smoke, cold air, exercise, infections and others.
What is mould?
This is a form of fungus that can grow in damp places. It often has black. White or green patchy appearance on the walls/ceilings. It may also smell damp and musty. Mould is more common in bathrooms and kitchens due to the condensation from washing and cooking.
What effect does mould have on asthma?
Mould produces spores which can be inhaled. If you have an allergy to mould spores it could trigger your asthma symptoms. Dust mites are more of an issue in homes that are damp and warm. Again, this can also be a trigger for asthma.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/ (accessed 23rd January 2023)
https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/moulds-and-fungi/ (accessed 23rd January 2023)
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