Damp homes may cause asthma

New research from the European Respiratory Journal suggests that damp may actually cause persistent asthma in children, rather than simply exacerbate the symptoms.

Link between damp and development of asthma
Link between damp and development of asthma

The link between damp, the mould associated with the damp and the exacerbation of asthma has been recognised for many years. However, this is the first time that damp housing has been suggested to have a direct link to the development of asthma in children.

The Finnish researchers surveyed the homes of over 300 children. In all, living conditions of 121 asthmatic children were compared to those of 241 non-asthmatic children.

The researchers found that the severity of asthma was directly associated to the severity of the damp in the living areas of the homes.

Despite the results of this survey, UK asthma experts remain sceptical.

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