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Sudden Rise in Allergies and Asthma After Hurricane Ike
Date:9/26/2008

Houston allergist discusses the reason for a recent surge in allergy and asthma problems after Hurricane Ike and provides helpful tips for staying healthy after the storm.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 24, 2008--Although Hurricane Ike has already wreaked havoc through southern Texas, the final monetary and life-impairing impact of this devastating hurricane has yet to be determined. It may be months before Galveston, Houston, and surrounding communities know what the true toll of the storm will be.

Hurricane Ike has brought more than destruction to coastal Texas; it has stirred up allergies or asthma for many Houstonians. Joseph R. Perez, M.D., an allergy and asthma specialist in Sugar Land, Texas ( www.aachou.com ), has seen a influx of patients into his office after Hurricane Ike. "Storms in general can worsen allergies and asthma because increased winds mobilize mold spores and pollens and send them flying through the air. But imagine sustained hurricane force winds of up to 110 mph and one can see why so many people are having problems," says Dr. Perez.

Many in Houston and the surrounding communities are still without power. This leaves many allergy sufferers no other option than to open their windows to allow cooler air into the house. "By opening windows and doors in the home, outdoor allergens are now suddenly indoor allergens. Unfortunately, Hurricane Ike has coincided with the start of autumn allergy season, so weeds and some grasses have already began pollinating--which only adds to the allergy mayhem," says Dr. Perez.

Homeowners are also struggling with a rise in indoor mold resulting from water damage from the hurricane. Water from flooding and leaking roofs provides the necessary moisture for mold growth. Additionally, the warmer climate of Texas during this time of year encourages this unwanted growth. Dr. Perez notes interior mold
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