Have you ever heard of the atopic triad? This study breaks it down simply: atopic dermatitis is frequently associated with allergies (like allergies to mold!) and asthma. The study concluded that children with atopic dermatitis are predisposed to additional atopic illnesses by 3 years old. In turn, the presence of these illnesses correlates with poor disease control. Yikes!
How Mold Can Impact Eczema
According to this study that surveyed 310 homes, preschool children exposed to mold had significantly increased risks of eczema.
Knowing this, have you considered mold as a trigger for your little one’s eczema? Are you wondering how all of this works? Higher than normal concentration of mold in your home can really damage your health and can negatively impact your home’s air quality. When you and your little ones breath in the toxin released by mold, an allergic reaction can occur and ultimately cause an eczema flare up.
Hidden Sources of Mold
Don’t see any obvious signs of mold in your house? Below are some sneaky places that the EPA claims mold may be hiding!
- back side of drywall
- the top side of ceiling tiles
- the underside of carpets and pads
- inside walls around pipes
- the surface of walls behind furniture
- inside ductwork
- in roof materials above ceiling tiles
How to Get Rid of Mold
Are you wondering how to get rid of all of the mold in your house? I have some bad news for you. According to the EPA, it’s impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores inside your house. The good news? Mold spores won’t grow if moisture isn’t around.
The EPA suggests that indoor mold growth can and should be prevented by managing the moisture in your house. If you have a mold problem, you have a water problem. The water problem and the mold problem both need to be addressed to remove the mold and prevent future mold growth.
How to Prevent and Control Mold
What’s better than cleaning up and mess of moisture and mold? Preventing it in the first place! Check out the below tips from the EPA:
- Act quickly water leaks or spills occur indoors.
- Regularly clean and repair roof gutters.
- Take a look at your foundation and make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation.
- Keep indoor humidity low.
- Dry the surfaces quickly if you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes.
Check out the EPA’s Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home. The EPA breaks down how to clean up the mold, who should do the clean up, how to prevent and control mold, etc.