Stamp Out Damp
Take action against damp in your home to reduce your exposure to mould.
Mould found on windows, floors and even in bedding can cause severe reactions for those with allergic conditions such as atopic eczema, rhinitis and asthma.
We are encouraging households to take action by issuing practical tips in our Damp Prevention Pack where you will also find a guide to approaching your landlord (if renting) and links to other useful organisations. If you are suffering the symptoms you can complete our symptoms checker and take it to your Doctor.
Persistent symptoms shouldn’t be left untreated as they may be due to unidentified fungal problems. Microscopic mould spores can get into the airways and sinuses causing serious fungal infections, which are difficult to treat.
Those living in damp conditions such as in rented accommodation are more at-risk. The UK’s student population living in traditional older university digs could also be at a higher risk. Read full story
Twenty two year old student, Kirsty Ashman knows all too well how asthma and eczema can be exacerbated by indoor allergens. Kirsty’s allergic reactions to mould and house dust mite affect her quality of life on a daily basis. With 15 hospital admissions in the last two years, her condition has even forced her to leave university. Listen to Kirsty's story
About Indoor Allergies
An indoor allergy is a reaction to mould spores, house dust mite excrement or pet dander and is more prevalent in the autumn and winter months. As well as causing standalone allergies, mould also provides additional food for house dust mites.
Practical tips to manage damp in the home:
- Moulds flourish in damp environments so prevent growth by keeping rooms well ventilated, with windows slightly open
- Thoroughly cleaning your kitchen, bathroom and utility room will help prevent mould growth
- Do not hang wet clothes inside or over radiators
- Clean mould from window frames and always remove condensation
- Keep houseplants to a minimum and change the topsoil regularly
- Do not use humidifiers
- It is essential to empty, clean and dry the water reservoir of dehumidifiers daily
- Enclosed allergy bedding covers to protect you from mould spores within the mattress, pillows and duvets
Carpet harbours house dust mites and mould spores. Choose an Allergy UK approved flooring. If you need to keep your carpet, use a vacuum with HEPA filtration
Using an air purifier in the bedroom can help trap airborne allergens.
If you rent your home and feel that damp may be damaging you or your family's health, you should first contact your landlord. If you have further problems you should contact your local council.