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Allergy Season Expected to Pack a Punch This Fall












Fall is here, and for thousands of Hoosiers that means allergies. Many people think of spring as being prime time for seasonal allergies, but this year autumn is expected to pack an extra punch for allergy sufferers.

The summer drought meant an increase in weed growth, which means more pollen in the air. Dr. Teresa Rohr-Kirchgrayber with Wishard Health Services says The extreme summer heat summer gave a jump start to ragweed pollen, the primary fall allergy trigger. And the pollen is expected to linger longer, too. "With the drought coming on the weeds really went into overdrive. Though gardens weren't growing the weeds certainly were because it's their way of self preservation. The weeds kind of went into overdrive so that means there's much more pollen and stuff in the air."

Fall is expected to be mainly warm and dry, allowing for ideal conditions for ragweed pollen to be abundant. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Forty million Americans suffer from allergic hay fever. Symptoms can include a stuffy nose, red, itchy eyes, sneezing, and a hoarse, scratchy throat.

Dr. Rohr-Kirchgrayber says in a season like this, where the pollen count is so high, even those who don't normally suffer could likely have reactions. "This year seems to be a real doozy. We have more and more people complaining and coming in trying to figure out, is this an allergy? Is this a cold? What the heck is going on?"

Experts say Over-the-counter medications help some people combat the effects of allergies. Others may need to see a doctor for allergy shots.


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