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DIY Toxic Mold Testing Kits - Home & Office

You might have need of a mold test kit for your home or office. Many people have toxic mold problems of this type in their living areas and don't even know it until it becomes a health problem. Below is some information you may find helpful.  

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Controlling indoor molds and toxic molds
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), taking the following steps to rid your home or business of molds can lead to a decrease in allergy symptoms and lessen the potential burden on your pocketbook:

  • Clean the area- Use a solution of water and dish detergent to clean the moldy area.. Then wipe off the molds and water. Remember to wear rubber gloves and use a protective mask if your symptoms are severe.
  • Remove the source- If molds or mildew is visible in carpeting or on wallpaper, remove them from your home. Also, if you have a leaky pipe or roof, quickly repair and seal these moisture sources.
  • Dry it out- Use exhaust fans in the bathroom and wipe down the shower after use. Periodically clean the bathroom and other mold-promoting places with a product that kills molds and mildew, and throw away shower curtains at the first sight of molds.
  • Lower humidity- Try to maintain a humidity level of 30 to 40 percent in your house.
  • Stay above ground- In general, itís not a good idea for people with allergies to have a bedroom or a family/work room in the basement.
  • Air it out- Ventilate damp rooms, attics and even crawl spaces under the house to try to keep them dry. If you use a dehumidifier, empty and clean it regularly to prevent mildew from forming. Also, air filters may help control airborne mold spores throughout your house.

All rooms, especially basements, bathrooms and kitchens, require ventilation and consistent cleaning to control spore growth.

Asthma and Molds - Another reason for needing a mold test kit.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Asthmatics may want to steer clear of molds according to French researchers who say they found a link between asthma severity and two types of molds.

The same association to illness severity was not seen for cat dander or grass pollen, report lead author Dr. Mahmoud Zureik and colleagues from the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris, France.

Asthma experts have long known that the respiratory disorder is triggered by various allergens such as cockroaches, animal dander, house dust mites, pollen and moldy spores. However, little is known about factors associated with severe asthma, which is characterized by permanently impaired lung function and frequent asthma attacks.

In their multi-centered investigation, Zureik and colleagues evaluated the severity of asthmatic reactions to various allergens--measured by skin reactions to allergens during a skin test--in 1,132 people between the ages of 20 and 44 years from all over the world.

Asthma was categorized as mild, moderate or severe based on answers to a questionnaire. Of the group, 73% were sensitive to at least one allergen and 65% were sensitive to two or more.

The researchers found that people with severe asthma were much more likely to have sensitization to two molds--Alternaria alternata and Cladosporium herbarum--compared to those with mild or moderate asthma.

Severe asthmatics were more than twice as likely to be sensitive to either molds, while other asthmatics had a 1.5 times or lower increased chance of being sensitive to the molds.

"There was no association between asthma severity and sensitization to pollens or cats," the authors write in the August 24th issue of the British Medical Journal.

Having sensitivity to a type of house dust mite was also associated with increased asthma severity, according to the report.

Until now, there has been scant evidence that sensitization to molds is associated with severity of asthma, the researchers note. The findings have implications for prevention and treatment of the illness.

"Those people with asthma who are sensitized to airborne molds should be educated to pay careful attention to symptoms and comply with treatment, particularly during the seasonal increase in mold spore counts," Zureik and colleagues write.

"Patients should be encouraged to decrease exposure by avoiding indoor conditions that facilitate the growth of molds--for example, by better ventilation and by decreasing dampness," they conclude.

Adapted from: British Medical Journal 2002;325:411-414.

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