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Allergy Attack

The change in season is becoming a problem for many allergy sufferers.

Ragweed started pollinating across Texoma and it's what is causing all the runny noses and sneezing fits.  

Allergist Doctor Mac Fitzsimmons expects things to get a lot worse in the next few weeks. Ragweed will hit the peak of its pollen season. He said the wild growing plant grows in creek beds, pastures, or un-mowed areas.

Dr. Fitzsimmons said the most common symptoms are respiratory, like sneezing, nasal drainage, congestion, itchy watery eyes, sinus headaches and sometimes asthma attacks.

Dr. Fitzsimmons encourages people to get their symptoms under control now. "The simple approach is over the counter medication." Dr. Fitzsimmons added, "It includes antihistamines, decongestions, nasal sprays, allergy eye drops, asthma inhalers. Whatever the symptoms is, we have something that will make you feel better."

If over the counter medicine does not work and your symptoms get more severe, you can try allergy shots.

Allergy experts also suggest washing your clothes and hair regularly. They said it can help alleviate allergy symptoms because pollen gets trapped in hair and clothes.

Allergy experts said ragweed will disappear after the first heavy frost. The next pollen to hit the air will be from cedar trees and will start pollinating late October.

 

Natalie Garcia,   Newschannel 6 

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