I have severe allergic rhinitis and am used to not feeling well, in particular when pollen counts are high. However, I have been feeling worse lately - chest ache, lower back ache, sore throat, unproductive cough, ever since spreading mulch in my garden. Is there a connection? Are there particulates inherent in mulch which have further irritated my respiratory function?
Interesting you should comment on this. I thought the same thing after spreading lots of mulch a few years ago. I would not doubt that depending on where and what kind, there could be irritants. My theory was that there might be mold spores especially. I don't know if that is the case, but I now wear a horribly uncomfortable mask when I spread mulch. The year I got my first sinus infection, I put a truckload of compost down, and spread 3 truck loads of mulch.
I wish someone would do a study on all of us on this forum. I would answer a thousand page questionnaire if I thought doctors could get to the bottom of all the sinus issues. Who knows if every one of us spread mulch prior to our infections? A doctor won't ever ask that....
could be molds or fungus - i have had allergic rhinitis (mainly post nasal drip) for years - i found sugary foods made the mucu run like crazy - I thought this could be a sign of some yeat/fungus whatever living around my nose/sinus/etc - avoiding sugary stuff helped with the symptoms. I have just done 2 weeks on nystatin - an anti fungal agent. They have been great weeks - could breath like normal and no post nasal drip after such a long time. Now the course is finished I think it's coming back. I had to twist the doc's arm to try this stuff and it seems to work so maybe my hypothesis is alnog the right lines. I assume I am allergic to the organsim itself or it's products. May also apply to you - just a thought.
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