Fungi and indoor conditions in asthma patients

Ceylan E., ÖZKÜTÜK A. A., ERGÖR G., Yucesoy M., Itil O., Caymaz S., ...More

JOURNAL OF ASTHMA, vol.43, no.10, pp.789-794, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02770900601034288
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF ASTHMA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.789-794
  • Keywords: asthma, indoor air, living conditions, fungi, colony counts, RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS, MOLDS, PROPAGULES, HEALTH, DAMP, PREVALENCE, ALLERGENS, ADULTS, HOMES, AIR
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


This study was carried out with 127 asthmatic patients and 127 controls, which aimed to compare and evaluate the environmental conditions in the homes of asthmatic patients and the control group. Air samples were obtained by using an air sampler and the mean mould colony counts were established. Aspergillus and Penicillium were the most common isolated species. No significant difference was observed with regard to various house conditions and the mean mould colony counts between the houses of patients and controls. The mould colony counts were found to be lower in houses with wooden parquet flooring. The odds ratio for stone floors vs. wood floors was 2.3 (95% CI 1.08 - 4.98) for mould growth.