As the rest of Long Island puts Superstorm Sandy behind them, those of us practicing in Long Beach, NY, Island Park, NY, Oceanside, NY and Rockaway Park, NY continue to work hard to provide targeted medical care to our hard hit communities.
As an Ear, nose and throat specialist practicing in Long Beach, NY and Garden City, NY I have found a dramatic rise in nasal/sinus infections over the past three months. I have needed to use stronger antibiotics for a longer period of time to aid patients suffering with sinus disease, facial pressure and headache.
Long Beach, NY residents are facing a multitude of issues that affect their noses/respiratory pathways. Some homes and businesses have had difficulty in starting the demolitions process leading to an increase in fungus/mold growth. Chronic inhalation of mold spores serves to irritate the nasal passageways and can lead to sinus infections. Complicating the situation further, once demolition has occurred and construction begins, sheetrock, spackle and wood dust also serve to irritate the sinuses.
Here are some basic steps to keep you healthy as Long Beach, NY and other south shore Long Island communities work to rebuild
*wear an industrial grade mask when in contact with constructions sites or areas where there is stagnant water and little ventilation
*use saline before, during and after exposure to these elements
*remove articles of clothing when you leave these sites
*wash these clothes in the “heavy duty” washing cycle
Finally, if facial pain and pressure continue or if you have continued nasal discharge seek medical care from an ear, nose and throat specialist.