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Tropical Storms worsen allergies this year

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

September 22, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - You may have noticed your allergies are a little worse this year. Tropical Storm Fay is partly to blame. 

Pollen from grass and ragweed had a growth spurt after all that rain and that translates into itchy eyes and running noses. Monday's light breeze served as added fuel to your allergies.

"Pollen can float for many miles, up to 100 miles when the wind is really blowing," says Allergist Dr. Rand Malone.

So it doesn't really matter what's in your yard or garden.

"Flowering plants are pollinated by insects so they're not really the problem," says Dr. Malone.

But unkept grass weeds and ragweed are causing a lot of sneezing. Allergies are a lot worse year. And the summer's heavy rainfall has a lot to do with it.

"Last year we had almost no rain from March all the way through May. Then the things that generally pollinate barely grew at all," says Dr. Malone.

But this year they did grow and they grew tall. Which means more weeds, and more pollen floating around the air we breath.

 "I think your going to see some severe symptoms probably in the next couple of weeks as it stays dry and the winds are blowing and pollen from ragweed gets real real heavy. You'll see some severe itching, sneezing, runny nose, water eyes...things like that," says Dr. Malone.

Dr. Malone recommends taking an over the counter antihistamine, decongestant, or nasal spray.

But for those of you with problems year to year allergy shots are definitely the way to go for long term therapy.

You can expect your allergies to keep acting up until it gets cold. That's when the weeds will die, giving you a breath of fresh air. Pollen is at its worse in the mornings. Dew left on the pollen evaporates and creates an allergic mist in the air.

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