NYC has been receiving a lot of rain this week, and it’s going to continue into the weekend. While most allergy sufferers rejoice at the sound of rain because it washes away all the pollen, there are some negative effects of these showers. From the rise of humidity to the increase of mold, the rain can affect your allergies more than you think.
Humidity Allows For Dust Mites To Thrive
One of the results of rain is high humidity. The New York summer heat mixes with moisture; and for those who do not use air conditioning in their homes, this humidity will make its way inside. Dust mites thrive in warm and humid environments. If you suffer from a dust mite allergy, it’s best to use a dehumidifier on rainy days. Also, you should wash your bedding in hot water more often when it rains.
Humidity Also Increases Asthma Symptoms
When humidity levels are high, it can be painful for those who suffer from asthma. The damp air makes it harder to breathe. If you find yourself struggling to breathe during those rainy days, it’s best to stay indoors. If this is not an option for you, our Board Certified allergists are also specialists in asthma care. At NY Allergy & Sinus Centers, we can help manage your asthma symptoms and create a personalized treatment plan for you.
Mold Grows Rapidly In Damp Areas
Mold allergies are difficult to avoid because they occur year round; and mold lives everywhere. This fungi can grow indoors and outdoors, so allergy sufferers find it difficult to find relief. A mold allergy can cause delayed symptoms, leading to nasal congestion or asthma. Reduce your exposure to mold by lowering your indoor humidity with a dehumidifier. Also, make use of the exhaust fan in your bathroom during hot showers.
For more tips on how to manage your allergies during the rain, call NY Allergy & Sinus Centers or book an appointment here. You can also visit one of our seven locations throughout Manhattan and Queens to request a same-day appointment. We are here to help!
Meet The Physician Collaborator
Dr. Bruce Dobozin is our newest allergist at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He has been in practice for more than 20 years and specializes in asthma and allergic conditions. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Dobozin by calling (212) 686-4448 or by visiting one of our seven locations.