In the United States, one in 10 children suffers from asthma
Researchers now report new evidence that exposure to three types of mold during infancy may have a direct link to asthma development . They found that 25 percent of children whose parents had allergies were asthmatic by age 7. Among the multiple indoor contaminants assessed, only mold exposure during infancy emerged as a risk factor for asthma at age 7, this will cause children suffers from asthma.
In the United States, one in 10 children suffers from asthma but the environmental factors causing the disease are not well known. These types of mold—Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus unguis and Penicillium variabile—are typically found growing in water-damaged homes, reinforcing the importance of mold remediation for public health. Lead author Tiina Reponen, PhD, and colleagues report these findings in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the official scientific publication of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “This is strong evidence that indoor mold contributed to asthma development and this stresses the urgent need for remediating water damage in homes, particularly in lower income, urban areas where this is a common issue,” says Reponen. “Therapeutics for asthma may be more efficient if targeted toward specific mold species.” Mold removal and testing is also highly advised when children are at risk.