Pesky pollens a problem for allergy sufferers

Emily Howard, Allergy A.R.T.S.
Emily Howard, Allergy A.R.T.S.

Amarillo, Texas - Your allergies may be in full swing as flowers, trees, and grasses come back to life.

Today's pollen count is labeled as "very high." That's as bad as it gets on the pollen scale, which means trouble for springtime allergy sufferers. A local allergy clinic says the Texas Panhandle is home to some of the most aero-allergens in the United States.

You can blame Ragweed, Cedars, and Elms just to name a few, but some of those pesky pollens aren't even from this area. Emily Howard, a physician's assistant at Allergy A.R.T.S. clinic in Amarillo says, "Part of the reason behind that is because of the winds we have here. We have winds coming southerly from Mexico bringing in different things, east coast, west coast, so you get basically a combination of every type of allergen you can imagine."

While you can't completely avoid the outdoors, Howard says wear a mask if working in the yard. She also says not to open windows near trees and remember to change your air filters.

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