How Clean Are Our Homes?

While some of us are getting ready for spring cleaning, this information may be shocking as we start to “clean” our homes.

Despite routine household cleaning, a new study found mold is thriving in many U.S. homes — often at levels high enough to trigger allergy and asthma attacks.

One hundred sixty homes were surveyed in seven U.S. cities by Kelly A. Reynolds of the University of Arizona, in Tucson. 100% of the homes tested positive for mold on some inside surface. On average, four sites per house tested positive for mold.

Levels of mold weren’t measured. Instead, the test measured for presence or absence in order to get either a positive or negative result for evidence.

The Results:

Results of the survey are shocking. They showed that mold was present on 88% of window sills, on 83% of refrigerator seals, under 83% of kitchen sinks, and 82% of homes also had mold in air vents. Bathrooms were another problem area, particularly in the grouting areas and on the walls above the shower.

Mold releases microscopic fungal spores that can trigger both allergy and asthma symptoms in sensitive people. It also worsens sinus infections, and induces coughing and sniffling.

While 96% of homeowners participating in the study were aware mold could be a problem, only 17% felt their home would be among those that tested positive.

Molds are everywhere.  If you have constant allergies or other seasonal symptoms, check in with an FDN Practitioner. This could be the root malfunction to your symptoms!

SOURCE: USA Today, www.usatoday.com, March 10, 2003

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