Per the NIH, more than 6 million children in the U.S. have asthma, and some of those children live in Washington, D.C. Genetics and home environment are contributing factors to children developing asthma. Childhood asthma has been linked to indoor mold growing in a child's home because of moisture problems such as water leaks. The connection between mold and asthma, however, is complicated and not fully understood. Asthma is often associated with allergies, and molds spread by releasing tiny spores into the air, which can cause allergic reactions. So, if you have children and have mold, you’ll need mold removal services in Washington, D.C.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring a certified, licensed professional for mold removal in Washington, D.C.:
A team led by Dr. Tina Reponen of the University of Cincinnati investigated the relationship between mold and childhood asthma. Between 2001 and 2003, they collected dust samples from 289 homes with infants who were an average of 8 months old. At age 7, the kids had allergy skin tests and tests for asthma. The study was funded by NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The researchers analyzed the original samples of house dust for concentrations of 36 different species of mold. The molds are on the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index, or ERMI, which was developed by the EPA to measure how moldy a house is.
In the August 2012 edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the team reported that 69 of the children (24%) had developed asthma. The ERMI score of a baby's home predicted whether the child would have asthma at age 7. ERMI values range from about -10 to 20. For a 10-point increase in ERMI, a child's risk of asthma increased 80%. Three species of mold were most associated with asthma: Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus unguis and Penicillium variable.
The association between the trio of molds and asthma doesn't prove that the molds cause asthma on their own. But it does provide strong evidence that indoor mold found in Washington, D.C. homes can contribute to asthma development. “This stresses the urgent need for remediating water damage in homes, particularly in lower income, urban communities where this is a common issue,” Reponen says.
For more information on mold removal in Northern Virginia, please contact the professionals at Envirotex Environmental Services. Serving all Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. homeowners and business owners, the licensed, bonded, and insured mold experts at Envirotex can be trusted to protect your children and your home from dangerous mold.
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