Mold Causes Allergies and Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is caused by bacterial infections that usually last a month or less. In contrast, chronic sinusitis lasts three months or longer and according to the Mayo Clinic, the likely cause is a fungus allergy.

Approximately 37 million people or 12% of the US population suffer from chronic sinusitis which is an inflammation of the membranes of the nose and sinus cavity. Symptoms include: runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of smell and headaches. Often, the chronic inflammation results in polyps, which are small growths in the nasal passages that make it difficult to

The most common solution offered to patients is anti-biotics, which may be effective to those suffering from acute sinusitis because the medication can target the bacterial cause. However, for chronic sinusitis patients, this medication is not effective because it does not deal with the core cause of the problem. At the same time, many that suffer from chronic sinusitis may use over-the-counter drugs for some symptom relief, but this medication is not effective on the inflammation.

Since mold is found everywhere, they believe that fungal spores, which become airborne and then are breathed in by the sufferers of chronic sinusitis perpetuates their condition caused by an immune response. The best course of action to alleviate chronic sinusitis is to limit exposure to mold spores, which can be difficult when you are outdoors because spores are everywhere.Asthma-Allergen

Ways to reduce mold allergies are:

  • Mold thrives in so many places, indoors and out. But you can take steps to limit your exposure. Pay attention to outdoor spore levels. When they’re high, don’t spend as much time outside.
  • Mold is more likely to be in certain types of stores and businesses. Examples include greenhouses, farms, flower shops, construction sites, and antique shops. Before you go in, take your allergy medication or bring a dust mask.
  • Uncut fields and piles of damp leaves are prime places for mold. Stay away if you can. If you need to mow the lawn, dig up plants, or rake leaves, wear a dust mask. When you come back inside, take a shower to wash away any mold spores that hitched a ride on your skin and hair.
  • Make your home less mold-friendly. The key is to control the amount of moisture in the air. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners will help. The humidity needs to be below 60%. Between 35% and 50% is even better. You can buy an inexpensive meter to measure your home’s humidity at a hardware store.
  • Mold can thrive in warm, damp bathrooms and humid kitchens. A clean surface isn’t a breeding ground, but those with a little soap scum or grease are. An exhaust fan or open window in the bathroom will help cut down on humidity. In the kitchen, keep an eye out for mold in refrigerator drip pans, door seals, and garbage pails.
  • A damp cellar can be a moldy place. Lower the humidity by turning up the thermostat or running a dehumidifier. Choose flooring such as linoleum or concrete that doesn’t hold in moisture. And take a look at what you’re storing down there: Mold can grow on old papers, bedding, and clothes. Keep things in air-tight, water-proof containers, so mold can’t sneak in.
  • If you spot mold on a hard surface in your home such as glass, plastic, or tile, clean it using a bleach solution, soap and water, or a commercial product. Still, it’s not enough to just clean it. You need to find the source of it to keep it from happening again. For mold on drywall, you might want to get professional advice.
  • An air-conditioning unit with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter attachment will trap outdoor mold spores and keep them out of your house. It’s also important to keep AC drip pans and drain lines clean so that mold can’t grow in them. Make sure your dryer vents are clear as well.
  • If a leak or spill leaves the rug wet, dry it within 48 hours to keep mold from growing. Mop water off the floor and fix leaky pipes and faucets right away.
  • Do everything you can to keep your home’s foundation dry. Rake dead leaves from around the base of your home. You might also want to clear out thicker shrubs and plants from that area. Make sure rainwater drains away quickly from your house.

If you suffer from chronic health conditions like asthma or sinusitis and suspect that mold is the cause, then the best course of action is to remove the mold. Contact us for a mold inspection and removal plan and estimate of the mold removal cost. Health Effects of Mold

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