Wet and Moldy Walls Can Trigger Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis and Allergic Skin Diseases!

Wet and Moldy Walls Can Trigger Allergic Diseases!

Especially when the moisture level in the house increases, the growth of house dust mites and molds that can cause allergy is accelerated. Families should be informed about the correct use of cold steam machines and the reduction of the humidity level in the bedroom. In order to reduce the growth of mites and molds, especially in the bedroom, it is useful to ventilate the room, contact with sunlight, and remove woolen products (quilts, pillows, blankets ...).

In a study published in the prestigious medical journal "Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology", it was emphasized that allergy - related skin diseases, called atopic dermatitis (AD), were more common in children living in houses with wet walls or water - related damage. In this study, the presence of water damage on walls was detected by scanning with infrared cameras. You can read the related link >> Infrared camera-proven water-damaged homes are associated with the severity of atopic dermatitis in children
Wet and moldy walls are not only the risk of allergic skin diseases; it also increases the risk of asthma and allergic rhinitis. When there is a severe allergic disease episode in children of the growing age, cortisone treatment may be given as the last option (despite all possible side effects). With simple measures that can be done within the house, the frequency and severity of these allergic diseases will be reduced and therefore the frequency of unnecessary drug use will be reduced.

Treatment of allergic rhinitis is not always easy!

In particular, allergy-related diseases (including allergic rhinitis) may not be successfully treated with medical therapy alone. Recognition, detection and avoidance of allergens is the main way of treatment. If allergen contact persists, signs of allergy may develop in increasing intensity. Most of these allergens are small particles that are easily obscured and invisible. If patients cannot avoid allergen contact, it is appropriate to irrigate the nose into the saline solution, use anti-allergic antihistaminic pills if necessary, and use nasal cortisone sprays if symptoms persist. Unfortunately, almost all allergies that patients can reach are "symptomatic" drugs; that is, as long as drugs are used, they eliminate allergy symptoms.

How allergens come in contact to nasal mucosa and how does the body react to such allergens and what is the effect of anti histamine drugs over these allergens?

You can see the animation video about allergic rhinitis mechanisim and anti histamine drugs effect on the below.

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