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Alternaria And Asthma: Should You Be Worried?

by Sheila Vasquez

If someone in your family suffers from severe asthma or similar respiratory illness, you may take a number of precautions to keep your loved one safe. Although asthma is common in the United States, the condition can be extremely dangerous for children and adults exposed to the mold Alternaria. Here's more information about Alternaria and how you can remove it from your family's home.

What's Alternaria Mold?

Alternaria is a black or gray mold that generally lives outdoors in the environment but can infiltrate your home through the air. Once inside the home, Alternaria spores seek out damp and musty places to grow, including flower pots and leaking sinks. The mold may show up on your wallpaper, books, and even the dust in your house.

Alternaria can cause many health issues for asthma sufferers, babies, and older adults, including sneezing, hives, and sore throat. The fungus can also cause frequent asthma attacks in some people. The mold may also place some infants at risk for SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome.

In order to protect your loved one from Alternaria, remove it from your house now.

How Do You Remove Alternaria From Your Home?

The first and most critical thing you can do right now is contact a mold removal company in your area and request services for your home. A mold removal company may be able to test the mold in your home to see if it's Alternaria or something else. Several other types of mold can grow in your home as well, including Cladosporium and Aspergillus. As with Alternaria, Cladosporium and Aspergillus can be just as harmful to your loved one's health.

After a mold remediation company diagnoses the type of mold you have in your home, they'll take steps to eliminate it. Contractors may use anti-mold (inhibitors) and other chemical treatments to destroy or eliminate the mold in your home. If the growth is widespread or severe in specific places, such as under your sink or behind your walls, contractors may remove the contaminated structures completely. Contractors will discuss every option available to you before they remediate your home. 

You'll need to take additional steps to keep Alternaria and other types of mold out of your home after the cleanup. You may need to install air purification machines around your home to reduce the humidity and moisture in the air. You may also need to repair structures or items around your home that leak, including your roof and plumbing. 

If you have questions about Alternaria and how to remove it, call a contractor near you or visit websites like to learn more about their services.