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Couple moves into RV after mold affects their health

By: Zachary Aedo

Posted: Aug 01, 2019 07:28 PM MDT

Although mold is not a widespread issue in drier states like Colorado, health experts say the symptoms can be devastating for those vulnerable to its spores. 

“It can affect the whole body,” said William Storms, an allergy specialist in Colorado Springs. “So some people have mental issues, some people have joint pain, breathing issues, rashes.” 

A couple moved into an RV a month ago after they say black mold affected their health significantly. 

Ellis Lucas said he noticed the symptoms upon moving into a rental house in Rockrimmon. His symptoms worsened and eventually affected his respiratory system, forcing him to take steroids to breathe easier. 

“It began to be pretty regular,” Ellis said. “I’d just lose my voice, sore throat, a lot of coughing, but the fatigue – bad.”

His wife Peggi Lucas is a nurse practitioner and says she feared the worst after hearing about other people dying of mold-related health issues. 

“People die,” said Peggi holding back her tears. “Our pastor’s friend died and you know that’s hard.”

Although mold is not a widespread issue in drier states like Colorado, health experts say the symptoms can be devastating for those vulnerable to its spores. 

“It can affect the whole body,” said William Storms, an allergy specialist in Colorado Springs. “So some people have mental issues, some people have joint pain, breathing issues, rashes.” 

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Air quality alert canceled Thursday in El Paso County

State Health Department cites ozone concern

By: Scott Harrison

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 07:32 PM MDT

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. – Weather changes make the issuance of an air quality alert rare in El Paso County, but conditions led to an alert being declared from 4 p.m. Wednesday until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Most people saw the hazy skies and barely noticed any effects, but officials said a high level of ozone pollution along Colorado’s Front Range required an alert from El Paso County to Fort Collins and Greeley.

“My wife noticed it,” said Jared Hawk, of Monument.  “We were walking this morning on the Santa Fe Trail.  She has allergies and said that it was hard to breathe.”

Officials also were concerned about the area’s high pollen count and the possibility of smoke floating in from wildfires in the region.

Changing atmospheric conditions brought wind to the area, blowing out the stagnant air.  That was a factor in the state canceling the alert.

Dr. William Storms, who runs an allergy clinic in Colorado Springs, said he received more calls than usual from patients complaining about breathing difficulties.

“We may be busier tomorrow because it often takes a day or two for symptoms to really set in,” he said.  “If your symptoms are minor, you can treat them with over-the-counter medicines.  If your symptoms are more serious, you should see a doctor.”

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March 27, 2019

If your allergies are going nuts, your dog or cat could be to blame

COLORADO SPRINGS – Spring is here and that means it is time to say hello to your allergies.

“Spring is here, the tree pollen is out, and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better,” said William Storms, M.D., William Storms Allergy Clinic and the Cough Center.

Right now it is trees that are pollinating. Grasses will start in June and weeds follow in July. When it comes to just how much pollen is in the air, well, it depends on the weather.

“When it’s nice and warm, sunny, a little wind then the pollen is really high,” Storms said. “If we get the cold weather in a few days, then the pollen goes down.”

Now is the time to starting taking your antihistamines. Storms suggests taking a pill such as Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra with a nasal spray like Flonase. If you notice that one brand of drug is not working as well, it may not just be in your head.

“It may help to switch from a Claritin to a Zyrtec to an Allegra,” Storms said. “But if you see that happening it really means that you need more than just that medicine and it’s time to see a doctor.”

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Aug 21, 2018

Haze impacting those with respiratory issues

SOUTHERN COLORADO, Colo.

The recent smoke in our skies is making life harder for people with respiratory problems. The haze is worsening symptoms for those dealing with allergies and asthma as well.

Smoky skies have been taking over southern Colorado this week. In fact, we’ve had many stretches of haze this summer. Yolanda LaCour says her symptoms are getting worse.

“I hate the smoke. It’s killing me I think,” says allergy and asthma patient Yolanda LaCour. “Getting very tight chest, you know, pressure and a lot of wheezing. Hard to catch my breath.”

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Allergic Living’s Tree Pollen Allergy Field Guide

Spring is in the air. Which means across America, virile male trees are busily spreading their highly allergenic pollen. The microscopic grains float around like a fog, blanketing some areas with a yellowish-green mist.

Even when you can’t see pollen, it’s there, causing up to 40 million Americans to endure itchy eyes, painful congestion, running noses and sleepless nights.

Certain trees are notorious pollinators. Gender also plays a role: male dioecious (separate sexed) trees trigger the worst reactions, although monoecious (dual sexed) aren’t much better. Since avoidance is one of the strategies to fight hay fever, it’s helpful to know which trees are the most allergenic – and where to find them.

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