|Mold (fungi) produce a large number of allergens and toxins (mycotoxins) which can trigger or promote the development of rhinitis (nasal congestion) and asthma/ wheezing.|
Maritta Jaakola et al. Association of indoor dampness and molds with rhinitis risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2013; In Press AND
Reginald Quansah et al. Residential dampness and molds and the risk of developing asthma: A systemic review of meta-analysis. PLOS ONE November 2012;7(11):e47526.
Many published studies have documented that exposure to mold and their mycotoxins and/or indoor damp conditions (which can promote growth of mold, bacteria and dust mites) are associated with significantly higher levels of rhinitis and asthma.