It's that time of year again -- are your allergies giving your problems?
You're not alone, as our social media pages have been lighting up with people sharing their stories about dealing with ragweed, mold, and grass and fall elm.
On our KVUE Facebook page, we asked viewers from 1 to 10 how bad their symptoms were with 10 being the worst. More than 200 people posted comments, many answering 10 and some even answering 1000!
However, so far this season, the pollen counts are down, according to Dr. William Howland. So why are some allergy sufferers experiencing more severe symptoms?
“When the weather is dry and windy, and we like to be outdoors, there’s more pollen in the air, more gets in our eyes and nose, and we have more allergy problems,” said Dr. William Howland, Allergist.
Allergy sufferers told KVUE News they try to be diligent when symptoms do flare up.
“Blow my nose and then usually going home, and making sure I do a saline rinse and all that to get the allergens out of my system,” said Amanda Joyce.
Others said allergy shots have helped improved their reactions.
“I’ve been getting shot for the past two and half years, I keep my house clean, I work indoors, I change my air filters, stuff like that,” said Chris Dankowsk.
With another weekend of ACL coming up, Dr. Howland said those especially allergic to ragweed should be prepared to take the big three; antihistamine medicine, eye drops and nasal spray.
“If a person uses those medications, they usually experience no side effects and almost completely control their symptoms,” he said, “I was down at Zilker Park last weekend, and looked at a whole lot of Ragweed plants, and there were 15 foot plants with lots of pollen on them.”
Doctor Howland said he anticipates high counts of ragweed pollen for the next two weeks.
While anti-histamine medications control the symptoms, they do not make the allergies go away. If your allergies cause infections, asthma or other complications, seeing an allergist and getting allergy shots are recommended.