Damp and mould are not just unsightly but can also be detrimental to your health. Unfortunately, damp, humid conditions are perfect for microscopic mould spores to proliferate, so let’s take a look at the potential dangers of mould lurking in your bathroom.
Old and new conditions
Mould can trigger a worsening of a current illness or allergy, including skin conditions such as eczema. Those with asthma may be particularly prone to worsened symptoms. It can also lead to the development of new health conditions, such as sinusitis, bronchitis or lung infections, especially in vulnerable individuals where the immune system is less able to defend itself. Both the young and the elderly typically have weaker immune systems. A Healthy Lungs for Life study suggests that first-year infant exposure to mould leads to a 14 per cent greater chance of asthma development.
Those with pre-existing health issues are often more vulnerable to mould, as are those with a weakened immune system, such as through an autoimmune disease or chemotherapy.
Pregnant women can also be more sensitive. It is important to have a hygienic environment for mother and baby, with severe mould-related health issue having the potential to lead to complications for both parties.
If there is mould in your home, you are typically more likely to have respiratory conditions. Mould produces irritants, allergens and sometimes even toxic substances. This is the case with black mould, which can cause significant respiratory issues. Touching or inhaling mould can lead to an allergic reaction, whether this is a rash, red eyes, sneezing, a runny nose, or triggering an asthma attack.
Deep clean the bathroom, wearing protective gloves and a face mask, using bleach or other specialised cleaning products. It is important to ensure heating and ventilation systems are in good order and to replace ductwork parts as required to reduce their contribution to the mould problem. These parts are available from specialists such as https://www.dustspares.co.uk/ductwork-parts/.
The World Health Organisation estimates that a significant number of the 300 million childhood asthma cases are the result of a mouldy environment.
Inhaling mould spores and fragments can cause inflammation in the airways, leading to throat irritation, wheezing, nasal congestion, coughing and so on. Over time, long-term exposure can reduce lung function, worsen current conditions, or cause new chronic illnesses.