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Allergy season starts early

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Constantine Saadeh, MD Constantine Saadeh, MD

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Allergy season has begun early this year and many residents in the Panhandle are suffering from Hay Fever. 

Allergy suffers can blame the warm weather and dry air for their runny noses and watery eyes.

Usually trees pollinate in April but because of our warm weather trees have started early, and that pollen is being spread around by high winds.

"Most of the time the wind conditions have been in the 20 to 30 miles range and that's enough to carry pollen in the wind," Doctor Constantine Saadeh said. "It's the ideal condition for the pollen to be carried out and be inhaled."

 Since pollen is airborne it's hard to avoid, which is why more people are currently suffering from Hay Fever. 

The Allergy A.R.T.S clinic is already seeing an influx of patients with Hay Fever and other allergy related symptoms. Saadeh said on average the clinic is seeing 20 more people a week. 

Doctors are predicting this allergy season to be severe, so they believe you should prepare for the worst. 

"I would prepare for the worst because things are not going to die down anymore, maybe it will, I don't know," Saadeh said. "I mean we might get a freeze here and there that will kill some of these pollen, but at the same time I would be ready for the worst because it's going to be."

Sometimes people who haven't had allergies before misinterpret their symptoms as a cold, so doctors suggest getting a check-up before treating yourself with any over the counter medicines. 

If your symptoms haven't hit you yet, you may be able to prevent your them for a little bit longer by inside between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. when pollen counts are high.

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