Winter asthma warning

The National Asthma Council warns asthmatics of mould this winter. Image: AAP Photo by AAP Photo

Icy blasts are hitting much of eastern Australia, and weather forecasters have predicted rainfall is likely to be above average for much of Australia from July to September.

The National Asthma Council’s sensitive choice program manager Adele Taylor said winter is a key time when mould creeps in, releasing tiny spores into the air, which can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms.

Symptoms can include nose, eye, and skin irritation, sneezing or wheezing, and severe breathing difficulties in some people.

“Mould thrives in warm, damp environments and can make itself at home anywhere there is low air flow or excess moisture, such as built-in wardrobes and in bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Be aware of signs such as condensation on your windows due to lack of air circulation, or a crack in a bathroom tile or pipe.

“To help keep this space healthy, focus on good natural air circulation and use extractor fans. Remember it is important to find and fix the source of mould, as well as cleaning visible mould, to stop it from regrowing.”

Another common asthma trigger during winter can be dust mites which thrive when indoor humidity is high.

For more information on managing your asthma and staying well visit sensitivechoice.com.