In honor of National Asthma Awareness Month this May, we’d like to explain the links between mold, air quality, the indoor environment, and asthma.
These facts and tips will help the asthma sufferers in your life. Since almost everyone knows someone suffering from asthma, please share with your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
Did you know?
- Over 300 million people are living with asthma worldwide; 26 million of these people are in the US; and over 900,000 asthma sufferers live in Georgia
- 1 in every 11 children and 1 in every 12 adults lives with asthma
- In the US, there are approximately 9 million asthma-related doctor visits, 500,000 asthma-related hospitalizations and 3,300 asthma-related deaths every year
- Asthma events are triggered by irritants and allergens
- Irritants include smoke, pollution and strong odors, such as perfumes and cleaning products
- Allergens include dust mites, pets, dander, mold, pollen, and cockroach feces
- New research has linked indoor dampness with the development of asthma
- Asthma can be controlled but not cured
- The majority of people with asthma do not have an asthma action plan and have never taken a course to learn how to manage asthma
- One of the components of an asthma action plan is to identify and control environmental exposures
Controlling Environmental Exposures
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) recommends six key action steps to control asthma. One of these six steps, controlling environmental exposures, is where we can help. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) says that when it comes to controlling environmental exposure, the first step is to perform an environmental assessment:
Conducting an initial environmental assessment for patients who have asthma at any level of severity should provide information that the clinician can use to educate patients on actions to take toward reducing exposure to those allergens and irritants that worsen a patient’s asthma. Conducting a more detailed environmental assessment in the patient’s home (or other settings where a patient spends considerable time, such as school or work) may also be useful for certain patients (for example, those patients whose asthma is not well-controlled or whose asthma is work-related). —NHLBI
At Branch Environmental, Inc., the purpose of our environmental assessments is to identify potential sources of indoor air contamination and provide a protocol for removing and correcting the problems. As a full service inspection, assessment, and remediation company, we not only identify the problem, we fix it, too.
How Branch Environmental Can Help
As part of our comprehensive indoor air quality inspections and home environmental assessments, we inspect the entire home, including the attic, living space, and crawl space/basement for mold and other indoor air quality concerns. We identify the environmental triggers of asthma events inside your home.
Along with medical evaluation and treatment from your doctor, a home environmental assessment from Branch Environmental is an integral component of any asthma treatment strategy.
Call us today to identify potential asthma triggers and learn how to improve indoor air quality and minimize the effects of asthma!