Moisture Problems – Don’t Inhale!
For decades, my friend, Luke Curtis, MD, MS, CIH, CMPP has helped me prepare for my TV shows and blogs by updating me, and our website visitors, on a regular basis with news about how mold causes misery. How is Dr Curtis qualified to do this? He is one of eleven MD physicians who are also Industrial Hygienists. He is also a Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP), having published over 100 papers, many dealing with mold induced illness. Here is an example of his work for Know The Cause.
BUILDING REMEDIATION ASSOCIATED WITH IMPROVED RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS
Houses with water or moisture problems and/ or homes with lots of dusts and debris often contain high levels of fungi or mold and bacteria. Water is often the limiting factor for mold growth. Fixing mold and moisture problems can often significantly reduce mold and bacteria levels and are associated with significantly improved health including reduced risk of asthma and various infections. An earlier Cochrane meta-analysis by Sauni et al. suggested that home remediation was associated with significant reductions in mold related health effects (Sauni, 2015 #30835). The interventions varied from thorough renovation to cleaning only. Repairing houses decreased asthma-related symptoms in adults (among others, wheezing (odds ratio (OR) 0.64; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.55 to 0.75) and respiratory infections (among others, rhinitis (OR 0.57; 95% CI 0.49 to 0.66), two studies). A 2022 Finnish study also reports that transferring from a mold damaged school building can produce significant health benefits (Vilén, 2022 #40140). A school in southern Finland had a several year history of water and moisture damage accompanies with a heavy growth of mold and bacteria including Aspergillus versicolor. Finally, all of the school students and personal were relocated into a new school with no obvious water or mold problems while the old school was being remediated. Before relocation, respiratory symptoms were seen in 85% of the 45 school employees- with severe symptoms seen in 9%. Following relocation for 6 months, 93% of the employees had no respiratory symptoms. Pulmonary function tests also significantly improved in many of employees.
1. R Sauni et al. Remediating buildings damaged by dampness and mould for
preventing or reducing respiratory tract symptoms, infections and
asthma (Review) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD007897.
2. Liisa Vilen a,b,*, Marja P ̈aivinen a,b, Janne Atosuo b,c, Tuula Putus a,b
Environmental Research 212 (2022) 113598