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Spring is in the air: New test helps detect allergens

NewsChannel 10 Photojournalist Stew Cowin receiving a test; Source: KFDA NewsChannel 10 Photojournalist Stew Cowin receiving a test; Source: KFDA
A test kit ready to be administered at Family Medicine Center; Source: KFDA A test kit ready to be administered at Family Medicine Center; Source: KFDA
A look at the PM 2.5 allergens from under a microscope; Source: KFDA A look at the PM 2.5 allergens from under a microscope; Source: KFDA
Flowers in bloom on WTAMU's campus; Source: KFDA Flowers in bloom on WTAMU's campus; Source: KFDA
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

One local medical center is administering tests to detect what allergens you may be sensitive to.

With trees and plants in full bloom, it can cause an irritation unless you figure out whether you are allergic to it or not.

"When the temperature changes, the wind blows, the pollen count goes up, the spore count goes up, dust goes up, everything is aggravated," said Physician at Family Medicine Center Dr. Robert Gross.

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At the Family Medicine Center, you can be tested to see what allergens you may be sensitive to.

"The allergy testing helps a lot," said Dr. Robert Gross. "We have a great deal of success with it. There are still other components. So it's not always specifically allergies. But when it is, it's a great way to treat it."

Dr. Nabarun Ghosh from the Department of Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences at West Texas A&M University believes this year there is one particular pollen to be weary of.

"We are looking at PM 2.5," said Dr.Ghosh. "[The pollen is] coming from feed lots, from dust particles anywhere. Our soil is already very dry, in the Texas Panhandle area."

He says the lack of rain also doesn't help.

"As we loose moisture more, the dry particles, they are thrown in the air," said Dr. Ghosh.

The microscopic particles are too small for our nostrils to filter out, which can lead to problems.

"The fact they can go directly through your nostril and go into your lungs, affecting alveoli and getting in to your blood," said Dr. Ghosh. "[They can go] to all over our body. All the organs with soft tissue."

The Family Medicine Center doesn't test for PM 2.5.

However, it does test for 48 other different allergens.

If you would like to be tested, visit the Family Medicine Center at either their Georgia Street location in Amarillo, or 23rd Street location in Canyon.

NewsChannel 10 Photojournalist Stew Cowin discovered he is sensitive to at least 10 of those.

"He reacted to the pecan tree, mulberry, acer, walnut. Anything that looks like a raised welt is a reaction," said an allergy tech at Family Medicine Center.

Knowing what type of pollen you may be allergic to can help you in the long run.

Being aware can put money in your pocket from not having to buy over the counter medication and by saving you from a headache.

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