How Does Indoor Mould Affect Our Health?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a considerable proportion of the world’s 300 million cases of childhood asthma is attributable to exposure to indoor dampness and mould.
Exposure to harmful agents inside our environments can have profound effects on our health.
Mould accumulates in damp and poorly ventilated buildings. Inhaling mould fragments or spores can inflame the airways, causing nasal congestion, wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and throat irritation.
Prolonged exposure to high levels of indoor dampness can reduce lung function and cause chronic health problems such as asthma. Those who already suffer from asthma and allergies are more likely to have more severe symptoms when exposed.
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People who live in damp and mouldy homes are also at increased risk of depression which, in turn may increase the risk of respiratory symptoms and Asthma.
Those with pre-existing allergies or asthma are at greater risks.
Mould can also cause health effects in otherwise healthy people. So measures to prevent or reduce mould exposure are important to everyone.