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Exposure to mold could lead children to develop asthma, other illnesses

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Posted at 11:04 AM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-15 11:04:27-05

An exposure to mold in a child’s early years could lead to the development of asthma and other health problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Institute of Medicine has also found evidence linking indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract systems, coughing and wheezy in otherwise healthy people. It could also trigger hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an immune-related condition, in patients who are susceptible to it.

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The CDC says severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of mold, such as farmers working around moldy hay.

These reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. People with chronic lung illnesses could develop infections in their lungs.