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Mould removal 'eases' asthma

6th September 2007

A study has suggested that people who suffer from asthma could see an improvement in their condition if they removed mould from their homes.

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A team from Cardiff University carried out a study on homes in the south Wales area. Half the homes were cleaned of any mould with ventilation of the property improved, while the remainder were left with the mould for a period of 12 months.

Researchers discovered that asthma patients in the homes that were free of mould used their inhalers less and symptoms such as sneezing occurred less often.

The research team from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine carried out the study of 182 people with asthma, who were living in 164 mouldy houses in two locations in south Wales, where prevalence of asthma is among the highest in the world.

The study, funded by Asthma UK, the Medical Research Council, and the Wales Office of Research and Development, was published in the September edition of the medical journal Thorax.

Michael Burr, of the university’s department for primary care said the study discovered that removal of mould in half of the houses led to improvements in asthma symptoms.

He said there was no clear effect on measurements of breathing but acknowledged that this may have been down to patients using their inhalers as needed so that they could always breathe freely.?

Charity Asthma UK said it wanted more research before conclusions were drawn but said the study highlighted the importance of keeping houses dry and well ventilated.

 

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Article Information

Title: Mould removal 'eases' asthma
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 3998
Date Added: 6th Sep 2007

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