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Flooding can aggravate allergy symptoms

Those who have recently experienced heavy rain or flooding may have other pressing needs on their minds - such as repairing any damage - but excess water isn't the only thing that may be a cause of concern. Standing water may lead to mold proliferation, which can aggravate allergy symptoms for some and create respiratory problems for others.

"One of the biggest issues homeowners will face is what to do about flooded carpeting," allergist James L. Sublett, chair of the indoor environments committee for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) told Sublett recommends removing the carpets to let them dry immediately and to check the underlying boards for any water damage.

For a topline defense against any potential mold should it arise, homeowners should consider purchasing an air purifying system.

The IQAir HealthPro Plus is widely trusted among consumers for its combination of four advanced filtration stages. Thanks to its HyperHEPA filter stage, the HealthPro Plus is capable of removing particles as small as .03 microns in size, 10 times the capability of standard HEPA models.

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