Allergy Season Kicks In

STATELINE (WIFR) – October is when we can expect pollen counts to peak and our current stretch of warm weather isn’t helping.

“I do have a stuffy nose when I wake up in the morning, especially,” said Amy Behling who suffers from allergies.

Behling is not a lone when it comes to suffering from allergies. The Brookside Specialty Center has been seeing an increase in patients dealing with allergies, specifically ragweed.

“Ragweed. It’s rampant now and three or four feet tall. It will give out thick pollen through August, September, and October,” said Allergy and Asthma specialist, Dr. Fatima Mohiuddin.

Unfortunately, things won’t really improve until the season ends and that won’t happen until the first killing frost. Rainy days do help wash some of the allergens out of the air, which until our recent dry spell has made this year more manageable.

“I was relieved when it rained. I remember doing more sneezing last year. It has been helpful with more rain this year,” said Behling.

It’s not just ragweed that’s causing problems. Mold and tree allergens are also the culprit for a lot of sneezing and as long as the warm and dry conditions continue, we can only expect things to get worse. You can however, reduce your symptoms with over the counter drugs.

“Salene nasal spray so you wash out the pollen from your nose. Then try over the counter medications like Allegra or Zyrtec,” Dr. Mohiuddin said.
If your problems continue, a visit to the doctor is the next step.

Doctors also say we should cut down on our time outside during the morning and even hours when pollen settles closest to the ground.

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