Asthma and Mold Posted on September 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm.Written by Peter Kakoczky Can Asthma be Linked to Mold? Asthma is a disease that has no boundaries. It can affect the old as well as the young; affecting the lungs, it makes it difficult to breathe for millions of Americans. It is incurable, chronic and can be life threatening. Here are some interesting statistics: Asthma rates have tripled during the last 20 years, and many can be directly linked to mold exposure Mold contributes to poor indoor air quality, which is the cause of 94% of all respiratory problems 35% of all adult onset asthma patients can be attributed to workplace mold exposure Thousands of lawsuits over mold are filed every year Asthma in a nutshell… Inside our lungs we have small tubes through which air passes called airways. The airways of an asthma sufferers are typically inflamed and swollen, which makes them sensitive to things and situations such as illness, weather, smoke, dust, and many other pollutants. These “triggers” cause the airways to create extra mucus and become even more swollen making breathing extremely difficult and the person then has what is called an asthma attack. The role of mold This is where mold enters into the picture. As we know, mold is a fungus that is always present indoors and out. As it grows, it reproduces by growing tiny spores that are expelled and travel through the air until they find a damp, warm place to take root and begin growing and producing even more spores. These mold spores contribute to poor air quality in our homes, businesses and other buildings. As people who suffer from asthma breathe in spore infested air, their airways become irritated and breathing becomes difficult, sometimes almost impossible. Everyone, but especially people who have asthma, should avoid prolonged and constant contact with mold. If you have recently developed asthma, or your symptoms seem to be increasing, you should consider the idea that you are being exposed to mold, and it’s making you sick. Make sure your environment is healthy and safe for breathing…Call us right away for a Free Assessment.