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Damp Houses May Increase Risk of Nasal Allergies

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

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In a new study reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology researchers concluded that children living in damp, water damaged houses may be more likely to develop nasal allergies than other children. In the study that followed children over time 16 percent of the children whose parents reported dampness in the home received a diagnosis of allergic rhinitis over the next six years compared to just under 12 percent for children whose parents reported no dampness problems defined as no visible signs of water damage to the ceilings, walls or floors, and no visible mold or mold odor in the home. Factors such as social class and second hand smoke were also considered but the dampness remained linked to the risk of allergic rhinitis. In addition, children whose parents reported mold or water damage in the home at the beginning of the study were 55 percent more likely than other children to develop allergic rhinitis connected to any allergin and not just mold. The researchers concluded that parents should look out for water damage and repair as soon as it occurs.