Black Mold Sinusitis
Toxic black mold can also cause chronic sinus infections that I have dubbed as "black mold sinusitis" . They are really hard to get rid of as I am learning myself.
What happens is that chronic inhalation of mold spores causes allergic reactions that cause the tissues in the nose and sinus openings to swell. When the openings to the sinuses swell, any mucous present in the sinus cavity can not drain and lies stagnant in that sinus cavity. Eventually the stagnant mucous can become infected, thus a sinus infection.
Even if you take an antibiotic that works, if you do not decrease the swelling to open the sinus cavity, it will not drain and the infection just comes right back or never goes away.
Ways to decrease swelling are
steroid nasal sprays
oral steroids in severe cases
Antihistamines can help decrease allergic reactions but sometimes they tend to make sinus infections worse by dryng you up too much. You can try them and stop if you get worse. Sometimes they may help.
But as I am finding out, a lot of these things do not work really well when you have an underlying mold problem in your house. Constant inhalation of mold spores can keep sinusitis going on for a long time.
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SIMPLY SALINE NASAL SPRAY
If you are suffering with sinus problems from black mold exposure, you should always have this product on hand to quickly clean out your nose. I use it when I know I have been in an environment with mold. After leaving the moldy environment as soon as possible I spray Simply Saline Nasal Spray into each nostril 3 times, blowing my nose after each spray. That is a great way to clean out any mold spores that might have entered your nose.
Why this product instead of a Nettie pot?
Number one it is much easier and quicker to use. The Nettie pot requires a lot of preparation to do it right. You should never use anything but sterile or boiled water in a Nettie Pot. I used to do Nettie Pots all the time and it is a project. For people that have been exposed to toxic mold, this is something that should be on hand at all times, in case of a mold exposure. A quick cleaning can make an exposure much less intense in my experience. I carry one in my purse at all times.
Number two, Simply Saline Nasal Spray stays sterile throughout use of the entire bottle because it is pressurized. I used to use Ocean Nasal spray for a while but found that I would worry about whether it had been contaminated or not. It also contains some preservatives that make your nose burn.
Number Three, there are no preservatives in Simply Saline.
Number Four, it's also good if you have been exposed to someone with a cold or flu. One of the main reasons people become ill after being exposed to cold and flu viruses is that those viruses after becoming airborn, lodge in your nose and it is there that the virus or bacteria actually start to replicate and grow. If you wash them out and also kill them with the salt water spray, you are much less likely to get sick.