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Mold Exposure as a Precursor to Asthma in Infants

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Monday, January 25, 2016

In a recent study examining the likelihood of developing asthma after being exposed to mold, researchers have found a high positive correlation between infants who were exposed to mold and their development of asthma by the age of 7. Interestingly, mold has often been swept under the rug so to speak, in terms of the public (and medical professional's) perception of the extent of danger it may pose. The University of Cincinnati found in this longitudinal study that those children who were in homes as infants with air conditioning, interestingly- had a slightly lower rate of asthma by age 7 than their counterparts. This is thought to be a result of the effects of AC on relative humidity, insofar as slowing mold growth in slightly less humid environments. The take away message for this study is not only to be extra cautious with infants in situations where there may be mold present, but that those in restoration and remediation can work with scientists and researchers aiming to examine the long term effects of mold exposure with a wealth of information that can in most cases, be developed into a standard coding scheme for industry wide interaction and contribution.