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

growth can adversely affect both allergic and non-allergic people alike. And that identification of mold problems in the home and remediation, if necessary, can be an important step in staying healthy.

For those with allergy and asthma symptoms after a major storm, such as Hurricane Ike, Dr. Perez recommends following your physician's action plan. If you do not have a defined plan, then contact your local physician's office for an appointment. As some asthma treatments require electricity to run the machines, delay in starting these treatments due to power outages can have serious and sometimes life-threatening consequences, according to Dr. Perez. Therefore, immediate contact with a health care provider is suggested.

Here are some helpful tips to help manage allergy problems after a storm:

1. Avoid opening windows and doors which may allow outdoor allergens into the home or car. If electrical power is lost at home, spend time in a shopping mall, office building, recreational center, library, or grocery store where the air tends to be more allergen- friendly.

2. Engage the recycle option of the air conditioner in your car and change the cabin filter regularly.

3. Change your home air conditioner/furnace filters regularly.

4. Plan outdoor activities to avoid spending time outside on windy days or during early morning hours when pollen and mold spore counts are higher.

5. Have fallen debris from trees, such as leaves and branches, removed from the yard to reduce local environmental mold growth.
   
6. Follow your physician's medical treatment plan and notify your physician immediately if symptoms worsen or do not improve.

For more information about allergies, asthma, and other allergic problems visit www.aachou.com

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