Mould is starting to grow on walls, windows and furniture in damp homes affected by heavy rainfall and flooding, a health hazard that can cause asthma and allergies.
Asthma Australia is advising people check their homes for mould growth and to remove it as quickly and safely as possible following health guidelines.
People who have additional questions and concerns about mould and asthma management can call Asthma Australia on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or emailing email@example.com. People who are experiencing breathing problems and persistent asthma symptoms should seek medical support.
“We ask people to check their homes for mould especially around doors, windows and in damp rooms. It you’re having difficulties with your breathing or other asthma or allergy symptoms lately, this could be why,” Asthma Australia Acting CEO Kathy Packenas said.
“We’d like to say that our hearts go out to those grieving the loss of loved ones, battling to save property, or forced to evacuate to safety.”
People with asthma who are sensitive to mould should not be present when mould is being removed.
If there is no alternative for sensitive people, when cleaning, always remember to use rubber gloves, waterproof footwear, safety goggles and P2 facemasks. Remember, harsh chemicals such as bleach can trigger breathing difficulties and alternatives such as vinegar solutions are proven to work.
If you’re unsure whether you’re reacting to mould, cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, blocked nose, coughing and shortness of breath or even itchy eyes and headache can be an allergic reaction to spores of mould or other fungi.
Stress and anxiety are triggers for asthma flare ups so if people are feeling stressed and it’s triggering asthma, please get support by calling 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462).
To learn more about the breathing risks from mould and safe clean–up visit asthma.org.au or follow our Facebook or Instagram feed.
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