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Rainy days cause spike in mold allergies

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - - Thursday was a busy day at allergy specialist Dr. Robert Zuckerman's office.

Patient Elizabeth Bowers of Harrisburg is seeking relief. 

"Well actually I have not been feeling great," said Bowers. "I'm particularly sensitive to the mold. We've had a lot of rain and it seems that no matter where I go that I smell..mold."

She's not alone. "Today for example we saw a patient who was having more asthma from mold allergies," said Dr. Zuckerman.

Dr. Zuckerman says while the rain takes mold spores out of the air, there's mold growing inside the home. 

"In places like carpeting, basements, attics, places where people don't expect mold to grow. Certainly in bathrooms, all these places will grow mold and during a rainy season when there is high humidity we'll see a lot more of that," said Zuckerman. 

And more symptoms as well. 

"Runny nose, mey eyes are blurred, fatigue," said Bowers. 

Bowers get allergy shots to relieve the symptoms. Here are some other tips. 

"Your air conditioner is a dehumidifier and so will cut back on the mold inside your home. Keep it on all the time," said Zuckerman. "Sometimes the antihistamine or the nose sprays are adequate and other times there not. And you will need a different type of medicine."

"I hope it stops raining and the mold goes," said Bowers. 

 


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