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High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?

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Dr. Jack Hinkle
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Both can give you some symptomatic relief.
Avoiding the exposure is primary and if it is in a home it is best to move if you are highly sensitive. Check out www.mhpvitamins.com, Inc. as they have a homeopathic for this.

In brief: Yes

Both can give you some symptomatic relief.
Avoiding the exposure is primary and if it is in a home it is best to move if you are highly sensitive. Check out www.mhpvitamins.com, Inc. as they have a homeopathic for this.
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Dr. Joshua Davidson
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: You need help!

Sounds like a delayed immune response to the mold exposure.
History of asthma? You may benefit from inhaled medications to decrease the congestion/cough, such as Advair or otherwise. For the upper airways symptoms, Zyrtec and Flonase could help, though Flonase will take a couple of days to kick in. Nasal saline rinses could offer a quick fix too.

In brief: You need help!

Sounds like a delayed immune response to the mold exposure.
History of asthma? You may benefit from inhaled medications to decrease the congestion/cough, such as Advair or otherwise. For the upper airways symptoms, Zyrtec and Flonase could help, though Flonase will take a couple of days to kick in. Nasal saline rinses could offer a quick fix too.
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Dr. Laura Yauch
Good Advice
Dr. Patrick Connor
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Agree

use a mask when cleaning . Over counter antihistamines will help

In brief: Agree

use a mask when cleaning . Over counter antihistamines will help
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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine

In brief: Mold exposure

Antihistamines- zyrtec (cetirizine).
,equate eye drops may alleviate the itching but you should wear a mask ( N-95 at Home Depot/Lowes) and goggles ( same stores) when cleaning and change/wash clothes afterward. Seek Urgent care/ER attention regarding the congestion to check wheezing/infecion. Do you have to clean or can someone else? With exposure to infectious material I do not use fluticasone

In brief: Mold exposure

Antihistamines- zyrtec (cetirizine).
,equate eye drops may alleviate the itching but you should wear a mask ( N-95 at Home Depot/Lowes) and goggles ( same stores) when cleaning and change/wash clothes afterward. Seek Urgent care/ER attention regarding the congestion to check wheezing/infecion. Do you have to clean or can someone else? With exposure to infectious material I do not use fluticasone
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Dr. Laura Yauch
Avoidance of irritants is a good idea. It minimizes the need to treat the resulting symptoms.
Dr. Laura Yauch
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Exposures to irritants like mold can be treated with antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays, or even good old salt water to flush out the issues.
A neti pot or similar device can help without exposure to medications. If you use the saline either use commercial packets or devices or mix your own: 1 qt boiled water, 1 tsp sea or uniodized salt and 1 tsp baking soda to buffer.

In brief: Yes

Exposures to irritants like mold can be treated with antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays, or even good old salt water to flush out the issues.
A neti pot or similar device can help without exposure to medications. If you use the saline either use commercial packets or devices or mix your own: 1 qt boiled water, 1 tsp sea or uniodized salt and 1 tsp baking soda to buffer.
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