Is this the REAL reason for your sinus misery?
It's been a rainy summer for much of the nation, and all that wet weather outside can also lead to moisture inside.
That leads to fungi and mold hiding inside your home -- and new research shows how those growths are more than just a nuisance.
They're a threat to your health!
If you have leaks or signs of mold in your own home, you could face chronic health problems -- especially breathing problems, sinus conditions, and other forms of long-term misery.
It just takes a little bit of moisture.
If you have just a little water damage -- even seemingly minor spots -- you're 90 percent more likely to suffer from breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, at night.
You could also end up with chronic rhinosinusitis, a nasty form of inflammation in your nose and sinuses. It's a condition closely linked to smoking, but you don't need to touch a cigarette to get it yourself.
Water and/or mold in your home will increase your risk of this irritating condition by 77 percent -- giving you the same risk as a smoker, even if you've never taken a puff of tobacco in your life.
That's still not all.
You're also 67 percent more likely to live with the misery of chronic bronchitis.
Guess what? That's STILL not all!
Even if you escape ALL of those specific conditions, the study finds moisture around your home could lead to general symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, asthma, and allergies.
Some water damage is easy to spot. Heavy rains can cause a leak... and you might spot the damage in the form of a dark patch on the ceiling or the puddle in the basement. You can also spot the signs of mold forming around window frames or near doors.
According to the study, 1 in 10 homes had those visible signs of moisture damage.
Others aren't so easy to notice. A pipe can leak inside a wall or under a floor and you might not know about it for ages, especially if it's a slow leak.
In addition to watching out for the obvious signs of moisture -- especially during and after heavy rains -- give your home a careful inspection every few months, paying especially close attention to ceilings, attics, basements, and bathrooms.
If you spot any place where moisture is getting in, get it fixed up and dried out. If the problem has been around a while or gotten out of hand, you may need to bring in professionals to deal with it.