Fall allergies giving people fits

Fall Allergies

TYLER (KYTX) - Sinus headaches, sneezing and stuffy noses. You can probably thank fall allergies for a lot of those symptoms. Ragweed is the most common one.

James McMakin doesn't get much of a break with his allergies.

"What are you most allergic to?" I ask.

"Almost everything." he says. 

McMakin says the recent rain we've had isn't helping much either.

"That makes it worse. So, I'm in a little early, actually, because of the rain."

McMakin stays regular on his allergy shots- and that's not all.

"I still have to use other things like saline solution and other stuff like that almost every day- in the mornings, especially."

Allergist Dr. Jack Harris says the rain usually washes away a lot of the ragweed, but it brings in another problem.

"After we have some rain, sometimes the mold count can stay up for a few weeks, especially with the real heavy rain."

"You get one or you get the other." says McMakin. 

Mold will stick around with the humidity, and Dr. Harris says ragweed will be back, giving allergy sufferers a double dose of trouble.

"When we have a frost, or especially a freeze," he says, "The ragweed's usually gone."

Until then, Dr. Harris recommends over the counter antihistamines, nasal sprays and a trip to the doctor's office if your symptoms don't improve.

For allergy sufferers like McMakin, shots can be helpful.

Dr. Harris says we'll probably see the peak of fall allergy season within the next couple of weeks to early October. 

In December, we'll start getting some cedar in the air. And, trees will start pollinating in February.


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