Moulds & fungi
Moulds release tiny seeds called spores into the air, which can trigger asthma symptoms in some people. Spores are released when there is a sudden rise in temperature in a moist environment, such as when central heating is turned on in a damp house, or wet clothes are dried next to a fireplace.
Mould spores are found in any damp place - from piles of autumn leaves and woody areas, to bathrooms, kitchens and even piles of damp clothes.
To help avoid this trigger:
- Ensure the house is well ventilated.
- Ensure damp and mould in the home is treated quickly.
- Avoid areas (such as gardens or compost) that may contain mould spores.
- When showering or cooking, keep internal doors closed to prevent damp air from spreading through the house and use extractor fans.
- Try not to dry clothes indoors, store clothes in damp cupboards or pack clothes too tightly in wardrobes.