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Are damp indoor spaces a concern for health?

posted on Aug 26, 2021

Damp indoor spaces alone may produce air contaminants and odors which may cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and skin, asthma or asthma-like symptoms.13 Some people may experience general discomfort such as headaches, fatigue, and problems concentrating.5,11 There is increasing evidence to suggest that indoor dampness is associated with people developing asthma and causing symptoms in those who have asthma.15 Chemicals (such as those released) from deteriorating building materials), dust mites and pests growing in a wet and warm environment, may also play a role in worsening asthma and allergies.11,12