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Post-Irene: Seeking relief from allergic reactions to mold
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, many residents left with flooded homes and businesses now have to face the possible onslaught of mold. Health practitioners are especially concerned about people prone to allergic reactions to mold exposure.
By: Nanci Schwartz
According to the Centers for Disease Control, mold growth can start within 48 hours from the storm passing and flood waters receding. The CDC expresses concern for people with asthma or other respiratory illnesses because mold spores can aggravate their symptoms.
Until the impacted area can be cleaned or a professional mold remediation company can be brought in, medical professionals recommend taking steps to eliminate airborne allergic triggers such as mold spores, pollen, dust, etc.
“A sinus rinse can help remove the inhaled mold spores that can lead to discomfort,”
Natural nasal therapies such as the Neti pot or an over-the-counter saline rinse can be effective. Saline-based nasal sprays, such as Dr. Neuzil’s Irrigator, are available with natural ingredients that will also sooth and moisturize nasal passages.
Because saline rinses are not medicated, they can be used more frequently and won’t cause adverse reactions when used in conjunction with over the counter or prescription medication.
The CDC recommends taking immediate action to eliminate the problem by cleaning or discarding materials that are wet and create a welcome environment for mold growth.
However, persons with asthma, allergies or weakened immune systems are advised to avoid the cleanup and to seek advice of their medical practitioner to determine what personal protective equipment may be used if appropriate.
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