18 January 2022
As the rain continues in many North and Central areas of Queensland, homes are at increased risk of being inundated by mould. Experts issue a health hazard warning for asthma and allergies.
Asthma Australia is advising people to check their homes for mould growth and to remove it as quickly and safely as possible following its helpful guide.
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 email email@example.com. People experiencing breathing problems and persistent asthma symptoms should seek medical support.
“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,” Asthma Australia General Manager, Kathy Packenas said.
“Exposure to mould can cause a host of health problems. Mould is a real problem for people with asthma. We ask people to check their homes for mould especially around doors, windows and in damp rooms. It’s also wise to ensure sufficient airflow in your home. If you’re having difficulties with your breathing or other asthma or allergy symptoms lately, this could be why.”
People with asthma who are sensitive to mould should not remove mould themselves or 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, 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 page.