In an earlier post, we discussed the importance of getting a mold sensitivity evaluation. If you are among the 16 percent of the population with a specific genetic variant that makes you particularly susceptible to fungal infection, you might find yourself dealing with a wide range of debilitating symptoms on a daily basis, ranging from congestion to watery eyes to shortness of breath. Getting a mold sensitivity evaluation can help you solve the mystery behind your symptoms, but once you find out that you are sensitive to mold, the next question is: now what? Read on to learn about the specific steps you can take to deal with your mold sensitivity, as well as some of the products that can help support your efforts.
Reducing Your Exposure to Environmental Triggers
One of the most effective actions you can take when you find out that you are sensitive to mold is to reduce your exposure to environmental triggers. Even though you won’t be able to avoid coming into contact with mold altogether, there is one place that you can make a mold-free zone: your own home. By taking action to create a fungus-free home environment, you can ensure that you won’t be exacerbating your symptoms when you’re taking your morning shower, cooking in your kitchen, relaxing in front of the TV, or just sleeping in your own bed.
There are several different products that can be helpful when you’re taking action to clean your home and get rid of mold. A mold testing kit can help you identify specific sources of mold, which you can target with a mold cleaner or mold solution. These products be used on a wide range of home surfaces, including walls, carpets, furniture, cabinets, and even duct work so they are particularly convenient for a full-home scrub-down after you get your mold sensitivity evaluation results back. You can also burn an air purification candle to effectively keep over 90 percent of mold spores out of the air in your home.
You should also extend your mold eradication efforts to your laundry room by using products that can help keep your clothes completely mold-free. With a special laundry additive, you can make sure that wearing your favorite t-shirt or sweater won’t accidentally expose you to mold spores and serve to exacerbate your symptoms. A laundry additive can also help keep mold from returning to the rest of your home, since it’s easy for mold spores to spread when you brush up against the walls our toss your sweatshirt on the couch–and that will force you to spend more time and less time enjoying your life without mold sensitivity symptoms.
Combating Nasal Congestion: Considering the Options
In addition to reducing your environmental exposure to mold spores, you can also respond to your diagnosis of mold sensitivity by taking direct action to combat nasal congestion. For this, you have several options to choose from. The first is to go with a nasal wash or a nasal spray. You might have tried something similar in the past, but this time, make sure that the product you choose specifically targets fungi, now that you finally know what’s been stuffing you up for so long.
There are also certain nutritional supplements you can take to further boost your immune system. As the science of immune health has advanced in recent years, supplement developers have been able to create innovate, all-natural supplements that offer relief without causing drowsiness and other common side effects of decongestants. For instance, CitriDrops includes four different citrus seed extracts that effectively target fungi in your mouth, throat, and digestive tract for fast relief–without forcing you to resort to over-the-counter drugs for relief.
You can also make changes to your diet that can help get your nose a little more clear. Here are a few naturally decongesting foods, along with some creative ways to add them to your diet this summer:
- Cayenne pepper. The spiciness and anti-inflammatory properties of cayenne pepper can really help clear out your nasal passages. Sprinkle it onto your summer veggie stir fry to add a kick of flavor, or try stirring it into coffee to spice up your morning.
- Lemon. The citrus in lemon can help with decongestion. Squeezing a lemon over a glass of ice water can add a tangy nuance as you work hard to stay relieve your mold sensitivity symptoms and stay hydrated in the summer.
- Ginger. Like cayenne, ginger works as an anti-inflammatory in your body, so it can reduce the production of phlegm and other common reactions to mold exposure. Grate fresh ginger over sesame noodles and chopped vegetables for an Asian twist on a cold pasta salad, or add a tablespoon of ground ginger to your morning smoothie.
At Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness, our chiropractors can help you understand your mold sensitivity test and take action in response to your results. Contact us today for more information about all of our products and services!