HOUSTON – The Saharan dust cloud blanketing the air in parts of Texas has the potential to cause problems for people with asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Allergy expert Dr David Corry of Baylor College of Medicine has shared tips with KPRC 2 on how to deal with dust in your daily life.
According corry, professor of medicine in the section of immunology, allergy and rheumatology at Baylor. With the rise in COVID numbers, doctors are also concerned that more people with COVID-19 may experience respiratory problems while the dust is in the air.
Corry offered this advice via a press release from Baylor College of Medicine:
Stay indoors as much as possible while the dust is in the air or wear a mask outside.
Run a HEPA filter indoors to purify the air, especially in the bedroom.
Patients using rescue or controller medications for lung conditions should have them on hand at all times and use them as prescribed.
Seek professional medical advice at the first sign of difficulty breathing.
For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may be helpful.
If you have a sore throat and runny nose and you don’t know if it’s COVID-19, get tested.
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