A month after Harvey, southern Texas residents struggling with allergies
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More than a month after Hurricane Harvey devastated southern Texas, many residents are struggling with bad allergies.
Doctor David Corry, of Baylor College of Medicine, says wet housing material is a breeding ground for mold and that high humidity in Texas is exacerbating the problem.
Another cause for severe allergies are plants and grasses.
Excess water causes plants to grow, and yards are often not properly maintained in the weeks after a disaster like Harvey.
"What a disaster like this actually means for Houston and all along the gulf coast is that the incidents and prevalence of allergic diseases, in general, are likely to rise and they will remain elevated for many, many years to come," said Dr. Corry.
To relieve symptoms, Baylor recommends hiring a reliable contractor to properly repair your home, run air conditioners and dehumidifiers to control moisture, keep areas dust free if possible, and wear a mask.