Asthma and Floods

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How does flooding affect people with asthma?

Asthma and Floods

If your home has been damaged by flooding, the walls and furniture aren't the only things experiencing water damage. Because stagnant water is a breeding ground for harmful viruses, bacteria and black mold, those with asthma are at greater risk for asthma attacks after a flood. Limit your exposure to the flooded area if possible. Hire a specialist or enlist the help of others to clean out the affected areas. If you must clean the areas yourself, limit the length of time you spend in the affected areas. Shower after exposure to potential mold sites and wash your clothes thoroughly. Be prepared with your preferred asthma treatment and be sure to keep your lungs well hydrated by drinking plenty of filtered water to help prevent attacks.

   

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