Exposure to certain types of mould can potentially trigger eczema, a common skin condition characterised by red, itchy, and inflamed skin. Whilst the exact mechanisms behind the link between mould and eczema are not fully understood, it is believed that mould spores can irritate and inflame the skin, leading to flare-ups.
Some mould species, such as Alternaria and Cladosporium, also produce allergens that can trigger an allergic reaction, which can exacerbate eczema.
To minimise the risk of eczema triggered by mould, it is important to control damp in your home through sufficient heating and ventilation. You should also endeavour to address any leaks or underlying damp problems as quickly as possible.