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Hi all, this is my first post here. I just happened to stumble across this website as i was googling about my issues.
So some background info, i've never had an allergy before in my life! But for around 7-8 months, i've noticed a sinus problem that's progressively got worse and worse. It just started off as the occasional stuffy nose, a sneeze here and there, runny nose. Which At the time i thought was due to the weather in the summer. I thought maybe I had developed some hayfever and just took normal tablets for it.
But in the following months my symptoms got worse and worse very quickly, and now currently, my nose is completely blocked due to my turbinates being that badly swollen up. As soon as i wake up in the morning i have a flurry of snot running out of my nose, it starts off yellow recently and then just turns clear. It begins streaming out of my nose, and then just completely shuts off so I can no longer breathe out of it. I've lost my taste and smell for the past two months. After trying all I could think of over the time to try and ease some of my symtoms ( nasal sprays, antihistamine tablets, sinuses tablets, nasal ointments, steam, netti pot) I decided to go to the doctors.
She has prescribed me some steroid nasal spray, and i've been using it for a week now with no improvement, she said I will need to take it for 3 months before she will refer me to an ent specialist. Surely by now I would be seeing a small amount of relief?
I have been trying to get to the bottom of these symptoms, and i'm starting to believe I have an allergy thats in my home. When I first moved into my flat there was an issue with black mould and condensation. We removed all the mould that we could see when we first moved in, and over time the condensation seems to have improved. I keep all the windows open for a while in the day to help ventilate the place, however I have uncovered mould within the black seals of the windows, and also in the grains of the wood. And a few weeks a go I found some small spores at the bottom of the wall. I scrubbed all these away and my symptoms were really bad for a few days after that.
My little one also has a very persistent cough, and my other half developed eczema which he has never had before after moving in. I'm really starting to think this could be the cause of all our troubles. Although if you were to glance over the place you would never think there was mould I believe theres spores around the place, and the mould we can't remove like in the grains and in the plastic rubber sealants is causing the issue.
I spoke to my landlord and asked them to come round yesterday to inspect and to discuss my concerns, they seem to have shrugged it off.
I also thought it could be dust mites, but I keep the place very clean and we only recently got a brand new bad, mattress and bedding. I change the sheets regularly and vacuum every day.
The reason I think its my flat is because whenever I leave the house for a number of hours, I start to feel some sort of relief, I can just about start smelling things, only faintly but its there, and also get a faint taste of things. I also don't feel as stuffed up. So surely this isn't coincidence.
If i have to wait 3 months until i even get considered to see an ent specialist, what can i do to make things more bearable? I'm completely drained and miserable at this point, and will do anything to feel just a little better. We are seriously thinking of moving as im 90% sure the flat is the issue. But in the meantime, i've been looking at some air purifiers, will this help at all?
Sorry for such a long post!
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