Two of us (in different bedrooms) keep waking up with allergies and
headaches. We have oil / hot water radators (not steam).
Did we forget to clean something out ? I got a carbon monoxide detector, but
it hasn't gone off. Can it be really low level carbon monoxide ?
What else besides the heating system affects two different bedrooms?
How long have you lived there?
Is this the first year you've experienced it?
How old is the house?
Do you run the oil burner at night? If so, try a night without.
House built on slab? Crawlspace?
Evidence of moisture outside/inside?
If you bring a stranger in the house, do they notice odors?
Agreed. You may get relief by using a "good" room air filtration unit.
Check Consumer Reports.
Of course, the real fix is going to be eliminating the moisture
causing any growth.
Do some GOOGLE searches on mold, allergy, health, etc.
Wait a minute. Mold grows best at/or greater than 55%.
I see this as a situation in which there is inadequate information.
But in spite of that, I'll offer a suggestion.
I'll bet humidity is low, mold not being the factor. The allergens
are in the air, your throat and sinuses are dry or nearly so,
your body tries to get rid of the allergens by histamine delivery
which among other things causes mucous production, but
because of the low humidity, the mucous is thick and tenacious,
and has the allergens in it as well. Thus your body is unable to
clear them well, and continues to be exposed to the same crap,
suspended in the mucous. I suggest running an ultrasonic humidifier
with soft water or rain water, so that bedroom humidity runs about
Wouldn't be surprised if you had an upset stomach from it every
so often, either.
And it's interesting how people use antihistamines when they should
instead use an ......never mind, different newsgroup.
I asked my doctor about getting a humidifier because the heater at
night is drying my sinuses. The doctor said that a humidifier would
increase mold. The doc said to put some pots of water out and reduce
the heat a bit.
And, there are saline nasal sprays to use to keep your nose hydrated.
Can provide some relief, especially if the dry air is causing
The doc is a dolt, if he thinks humidifying the air will "increase
mold". You need a hygrometer to see HOW humid or dry it really is in
your house, to start. Have you actually been TESTED for mold
I'm coming into this conversation late and didn't see the other posts, so
forgive me if this has been suggested. How about adding humidity? I've
found when I'm getting headaches in the heating season, it is almost already
remedied with a simple humidifier at night.
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