A dry desert climate like Death Valley and a very wet climate like Louisiana and East Texas share a unique problem — mold and fungal spores.
It might seem counter-intuitive that such completely opposite climates share this identical problem. However, fungus spores in the air, that are inhaled and lodge in your sinuses or lungs, can be detrimental to your health.
In the wet regions of the U.S., you can smell the mold in the air. The air is moist all the time, the landscape is green with forests, lakes and rivers. A lot of Seagate Olive Leaf Nasal Spray is shipped into the Southeast. Most people believe that they are reacting to allergies. However, a good portion of these reactions is really to the mold spores in the air that end up in people’s nasal and sinus membranes. People react to the spores and to the mycotoxins contained in the mold and fungus. Mycotoxins are chemicals stored within the fungal cell wall and are the product of their metabolism. These mycotoxins when inhaled can cause an allergy-like reaction, sneezing, running nose, congestion, and the formation of polyps as the body tries to rid itself of these foreign substances.
The desert Sourthwest region is similarly affected by mold and fungal spores. These spores inhabit the dry powdery landscape and are easily transported in the air by light winds. People living in places like Las Vegas have the same sort of breathing difficulties as people living in the wet regions. They also believe the problem to be allergies. However, with almost no plants or grass growing in the dry regions, it is really fungus spores picked up from the soil affecting the population.
If the spores are allowed to establish, they can result in fungal infections of the sinuses and nasal passages, which are difficult to eliminate.
Solutions to airborne fungus include:
Face masks – on windy days in desert regions, use a temporary face mask. Some of the spores such as Aspergillis are very small and require filtration at the level of 2-3 microns.
HEPA Filters for your home. Be sure to correctly calculate room volume to match the filter’s capacity. The better filters also have the capability to filter pollen, dust mites, and smoke. Try and also keep your windows closed and sealed tight to allow minimal entry of outside air.
Nasal Sprays – can offer temporary relief and can help wash the spores from your sinus membranes. Olive Leaf Nasal Spray has characteristics that can help prevent fungal spores from getting established in the sinus cavities.
Move – This is not an option for most people because of economics, jobs and family. However, the only real long-term solution is to eliminate the cause of the problem and move to a region that has lower levels of airborne spores.
Another option is putting on a tank and going down to 50 ft to visit corals. Sometimes it is nice to imagine permanently living down here and being free from spores, biting insects, and annoyances of daily life. The photo above shows a giant coral in silhouette with the ocean’s surface 30 feet above. The disturbance pattern behind the coral is actually the underside of surface waves.
A close-up shot of this same coral shows the thousands of individual polyps that live on each strand of the coral, side by side. Each polyp extends many small tentacles that rest in the current and capture small particles of food that happen to float by, giving the coral its fuzzy profile.