How mould could be aggravating your asthma
According to Asthma UK, around 42% of those with asthma say that a mould allergy can trigger it.
Often a mould allergy can manifest itself in cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, coughing or a blocked-up nose, particularly in warm, or damp environments.
According to Anaphylaxis campaign, it isn’t the mould itself that causes the irritation but the spores released by mould when the temperature increases dramatically in a damp environment – for example, when the heating is turned on.
But if you find you have a mould allergy or sensitivity that affects your asthma, there are certain things you can do to try and reduce the impact of it.
- Avoid areas where mould is likely to grow such as woodlands, parks and gardens, particularly in Autumn once the leaves have fallen. If this is difficult, wearing a dust mask whilst outside may be helpful.
- Always take your preventer medicine and take your inhaler with you when you go out.
- Ensure your home is well ventilated to reduce the likelihood of mould growing in your home.
If you have mould in your home and feel that this could be triggering your asthma, don’t try to remove the mould yourself. If the mould covers more than 1m2, Asthma UK advise you to get in a professional mould removal company.
Rainbow International offer a professional mould removal service. Mould removal is carried out by specially trained technicians who will also advice you on the best way to reduce the chance of the mould returning.
If the mould in your home is smaller than 1m2 and there is someone who doesn’t have mould induced asthma that could help by removing the mould, send them a link to our article on how to remove mould and ask them to make sure that the room is well ventilated whilst they are removing the mould.
If you find yourself needing a mould removal service, call our 24-hour helpline on 01624 422 488 for help and support when you need it. With over 60 branches of Rainbow around the UK, we’re bound to have a branch near you.