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Children’s Nasal Allergies Linked to Damp Houses

Posted by Ivey on August 26th, 2010

Child with Running NoseIs your home making your child sick? A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that dampness and mold problems in homes may increase children’s risk of allergic rhinitis. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis, sometimes referred to as hay fever, include congestion, sneezing, and of course, runny noses.

The study followed 1,900 Finnish children for a period of six years. Researchers found that 16 percent of children whose parents reported that damp conditions or mold were present in the home were eventually diagnosed with allergic rhinitis. Of the children whose parents reported no moisture problems in the home, slightly less than 12 percent were diagnosed with nasal allergies.

In an article on, lead researcher Dr. Jouni Jaakkola points out that damp conditions in the home often lead to increases in dust mites and fungi, attract cockroaches, and boost chemical emissions from building materials. All of these things are well-known allergy triggers.

Dr. Jaakkola notes that parents should keep a close eye on possible water damage to the home and immediately work to repair that damage. Monitoring your home for excess moisture and water damage is not only important for possible allergic rhinitis prevention, it also creates a healthier, more comfortable environment for members of your home with allergies.

DeLonghi DD50P DehumidifierA great way to keep excess moisture in your home under control is by using a dehumidifier. Our DeLonghi DD50P is a great solution for keeping medium- to large-sized rooms dry and comfortable. This compact dehumidifier can remove up to 50 pints of moisture each day from spaces up to 1,000 square feet. This DeLonghi dehumidifier is Energy Star-rated, which means that it conserves energy and saves you valuable energy dollars.

Santa Fe Compact DehumidifierUnfortunately, moisture problems aren’t always visibly present. In fact, if your home has a crawl space or a basement, this can often be a breeding ground for excess moisture problems and mold. Powerful and efficient, the Santa Fe Compact can help you keep moisture problems in crawl spaces and basements under control. Featuring low-temperature operation, an ingenious horizontal design, and advanced air filtration, this Santa Fe dehumidifier can fit into the tightest spaces and remove up to 65 pints of moisture each day. Plus, these versatile crawl space dehumidifiers are also Energy Star-qualified. One Energy Star-qualified crawl space dehumidifiers is the updated Santa Fe Advanced 2 dehumidifier, which is an efficient, quiet, and long-lasting dehumidifier that removes up to 90 pints of moisture a day from 2,200 square feet.

Enviracare Digital HygrometerIn addition to dehumidifiers, hygrometers and testing kits, such as our Toxic Mold Test Kit, can help you monitor the health of your home.

For more information about Dr. Jaakkola’s findings, check out the full article.

One Response to “Children’s Nasal Allergies Linked to Damp Houses”

  1. Manhattan Mold Removal Says:

    Even though the EPA hasn’t confirmed this as fact, I totally believe that toxic molds can lead to very serious illnesses in children and adults alike. If your home is wet, dry it out or suffer the consequences.

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