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Is damp and condensation dangerous to my health?

Damp and condensation can be dangerous to your health. Damp and condensation can cause health conditions from the mould spores that grow in accommodation with damp and high levels of condensation.

There are several causes of dampness, but it’s not damp itself that causes these health problems. From the moisture caused by condensation mould grows. Mould is a fungus, and from the fungus mould spores are released into the air where are inhaled.

Who is most at risk from the health problems caused by damp and condensation?

The mould fungus which grows in damp conditions is most dangerous to vulnerable people. Vulnerable people are those who have a reduced capability to deal with infection, as they are most at risk from damp and condensation related illnesses. This includes young babies and children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions/illnesses, or those with low immunity.

What health conditions can damp and condensation cause?

There are a number of illnesses that are associated with living in damp and humid living conditions. Some of the health conditions caused by damp and condensation include but are not limited to:

  • Colds and flu
  • Skin allergies including eczema, hives, urticaria and other skin allergies
  • Asthma (twice the risk compared to non-damp or humid living conditions)
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillitis