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Experts Warn Allergy Season Could Be Worse Due To Superstorm Sandy

Woman Blowing Nose (credit: clipart)

Woman Blowing Nose (credit: clipart)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Months after superstorm Sandy hit, allergies from mold created in flooded buildings could be a big problem for some Long Islanders.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, there could be a one-two punch this allergy season. That’s because the normal springtime allergies could be coupled with mold hidden behind the walls of homes flooded by Sandy.

Dr. Philip Perlman of St. Francis Hospital on Long Island explains how the extra allergen could affect people.

“Now that the houses are dried up, the mold is growing behind the walls and they’re not realizing it’s there. So where they didn’t know in the past that they were susceptible to mold allergies, now they’re realizing something else is going on – sneezy, stuffy feeling and watery eyes,” Perlman told Hall.

Pearlman said one way to prevent mold allergies is to use a neti pot with a saline solution to rinse the allergens from your nose.

Elsewhere across the Tri-State area, tree pollen is forecast to be especially bad this allergy season. One expert said in addition to creating mold, the additional moisture from Sandy fed trees very well.

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