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Mold In The CSRA Making Asthma Worse

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Dr. William Dolen, Professor of Pediatrics at Georgia Regents Medical Center says, "Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, having to go to the emergency room, maybe even coming into the hospital."

Those are all symptoms for people suffering from mold and asthma and record rainfall in the CSRA the past two months is only making the problem worse.

Dr. William Dolen, Professor of Pediatrics at Georgia Regents Medical Center says, "This year we've had a lot more rain than normal. So in addition to the increased mold we have a grass season that's very strong and we have a weed pollen season coming up that should also be very strong."

Things have been so bad here that several sinkholes have washed away roadways.

And the mighty Savannah River was so high the Riverwalk had to be closed for safety.

High humidity and lots of rain, exactly what mold likes.

Dr. William Dolen, Professor of Pediatrics at Georgia Regents Medical Center says, "The conditions you need for mold growth are warmth and moisture. So keeping the humidity under control is a great idea."

It's become a breeding ground for the black, slimy fungi and now it's making its way into homes.

Dr. William Dolen, Professor of Pediatrics at Georgia Regents Medical Center says, "Whether you're allergic to it or not that needs to be taken care of because, well it's nasty."

Breathing in these fungal spores can be very dangerous to some.

Dr. William Dolen, Professor of Pediatrics at Georgia Regents Medical Center says, "Mold is one of the many things that can trigger symptoms of asthma and the other allergic diseases."

But Dr. Dolen says you don't have to let mold or asthma get in the way of your Summer fun.

Dr. William Dolen, Professor of Pediatrics at Georgia Regents Medical Center says, "If you have nose trouble or wheezing, asthma, see your doctor, find out what your triggers are and get yourself on the right medicines so that you can live a normal life."

You can find tips to stop mold here: 

http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

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