Asthma patients can help to ease their symptoms by ensuring that they live in a mould-free environment, researchers have claimed.
A study by experts at Cardiff University has found that asthma patients who live in mould-free homes tend to use their inhalers less often and experience a reduction in symptoms such as runny or blocked noses, itchy eyes and sneezing.
A total of 182 asthma patients in south Wales were involved in the research and Jenny Versnel of Asthma UK said that the findings highlighted the importance of keeping houses dry and well ventilated.
Commenting on the study, which is published in the journal Thorax, the expert told the BBC: "This can reduce exposure to certain asthma triggers such as mould spores which are found in damp places."
Some 5.2 million people in the UK - including 1.1 million children - are currently being treated for asthma, according to the charity.
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Treatment news : 06/09/2007