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International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

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Sensitisation to airborne moulds and severity of asthma: cross sectional study from European Community respiratory health survey.

Over 1100 adults with asthma were examined to see if their symptoms worsened on exposure to various allergens. Three out of four people were sensitive to at least one allergen. Two out of three people were sensitive to 2 or more allergens. Almost 1 in 5 was allergic to Alternaria alternata or Cladosporium herbarum. People sensitive to mould were more likely to have a severe form of asthma. This may be because mould spores can reach the lower airways. In addition, these spores were present in the home where people generally spent most of their time. BMJ 2002;325:411-417.