New York: Children who live in water-damaged, moldy homes, especially those with visible mold, have higher risks for asthma and allergies than their peers, according to a study.
For the review, Tischer and her colleagues separated studies that examined visible mold -- the most obvious sign of a mold problem -- from the smaller number in which researchers measured mold components in household dust samples.Overall, children in homes with visible mold were 49 percent more likely to have asthma than unexposed children, and 39 percent more likely to have nasal allergies."Visible mold patches at the walls, or a moldy odor, is indicating that the normal microbial composition is out of kilter, which is most often due to dampness, excessive moisture or building damage," Tischer said.Exposure to mold components in house dust was linked to a lower risk of both asthma and allergies.That could be due to differences between visible mold and the mold components that are part of the normal mix of bacteria, fungus and other microbes in indoor air.Bureau Report
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