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Simple Solutions To Harvey Related Respiratory Issues

The biggest instigator is mold spores, which have increased following the storm

Houstonians are still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey. For many, it’s health issues caused by Harvey that people are dealing with. In fact by the time the storm cleared, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was issuing warnings of health risks.

But a local doctor said there may be some easy solution for some people.

It's become common occurrence in Houston following Harvey. People dealing with sneezing, runny nose, irritated eyes. The biggest instigator is mold spores, which have increased following the storm. Those with allergies suffer even more, but according to Doctor Dat Tran, there's good news for many sufferers.

"Fortunately, many of them are not allergic, which is great. I mean it's just an irritant," he said.

An allergy specialist can determine if you're allergic by administering a simple pin-prick test with results in less than ten minutes. For those that only irritated by the pollen, mold, or dust, a simple, over-the-counter nasal irrigation is one solution.

"A bottle irrigation that you fill up with bottled water, and has salene, and then you flush your nose. Now I tell you, it's rough although, once you get used to it, it's a relief," Dr. Tran said.

Tran said if you use an antihistamine, and that reduces symptoms, you're probably not dealing with an allergy. For those that are allergic to whatever Harvey has kicked up, Tran said doctors can prescribe shots or oral medications to treat your allergy.

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