It’s no secret that it is officially flu season. Every year since my family’s mold exposure, when winter hits, I get a case of the upper respiratory, sinus-centered junk that goes around like wildfire. It has gradually abated over the years and now when I get sick, it’s rather mild, but since my immune system took that major hit with the mold, I still seem to always succumb. But, rather than hibernate all winter, and avoid places like my children’s school, or the gym to minimize my viral exposure, I have continued to use a basic “sinus protocol” that I learned about when I was battling my mold-related acute sinusitis.
(Note: While everyone who is exposed to toxic mold can react differently, and display a unique array of symptoms, my body reacted with chronic nasal congestion, sinus inflammation and infections, headaches, and the general malaise that comes with it all. My poor lips were so dry and cracked from always having to breathe out of my mouth, that it hurt to smile. I went from one dose of antibiotics and steroid treatments to the next. It wasn’t until I eliminated the mold from my home and addressed the fungal aspect of my sinus issues that I finally got better. Moreover, HERE is a link to an article on the Sinusitis Wellness website about the undeniable link between sinusitis and mold.)
Now, I realize that my blog is called, “How to Clean for Mold,” and that this post doesn’t seem like I am keeping with that topic. I am, though. Stick with me here, and I’ll show you what I mean. This step (rinsing your nasal passages) is cleaning for mold. It is just targeted at the specific spores that enter through your nose and trigger an inflammatory response and thus an immune system response.