Science Daily recently reported that infants who live in moldy homes are three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7.
"Early life exposure to mold seems to play a critical role in childhood asthma development," says Tiina Reponen, PhD, lead study author and University of Cincinnati (UC) professor of environmental health. "Genetic factors are also important to consider in asthma risk, since infants whose parents have an allergy or asthma are at the greatest risk of developing asthma."
According to the ACAAI (American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology), common symptoms of asthma include:
- Coughing, especially at night
- Wheezing or whistling sound, especially when breathing out
- Trouble breathing or fast breathing that causes the skin around the ribs or neck to pull in tightly
- Frequent colds that settle in the chest
"This study should motivate expectant parents - especially if they have a family history of allergy or asthma - to correct water damage and reduce the mold burden in their homes to protect the respiratory health of their children," adds Reponen.
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