Researchers: Damp homes linked to kids' allergies

July 30, 2010 4:19:00 PM PDT
This may come as no surprise to parents, but new research confirms that children living in a damp home are at greater risk of developing nasal allergies. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology looked at the living conditions of 1,900 Finnish children and found that those living in homes with mold or water problems were more likely to develop allergic rhinitis, which refers to symptoms of congestion, sneezing, and runny nose.

A researchers say the bottom line for parents is they would be wise to look out for and fix any signs of water damage at home.


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