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03.09.07

Allergies Attack the Panhandle

        Itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, all symptoms people with allergies battle. But this year, those symptoms are sending more people to local doctors.
     Newschannel10's Tina Berasley brings us the details on the allergy attack.

   Here in the panhandle wild weather is common, but this year it may be firing up your allergies, even in people who never had them before. 
   anita ray has been suffering with those symptoms for several months and finally decided it was time to get tested for allergies. 
     "Headaches and my ear hurting and pressure, just like a sinus pressure that's really what it is...I don't sleep as well so I don't have as much energy during the day just because I'm waking up sometimes with ear aches."
     Dr. Robert Stroud's office has been full of patients with symptoms just like Anita's but her doctor says its hard to pinpoint the exact reason.
     He says one cause of the problem for seasonal allergy sufferers may have started last summer, and still continues to plague patients especially when the wind blows.
    "We got big rains early in the summer which made for a very big wheat crop, and when it got dry at the end of the summer all the wheat started dying off and pollen started getting aerosolized very easily, and it seemed to make a big increase in the number of people suffering. Even people who didn't have bad allergies are now experiencing allergies." 
     If you're suffering this season an allergy test may be able to pinpoint your exact trigger, but you can also try pollen proofing your home.
     Dr. Stroud added "This time of year its kind of nice you're gonna want to open your windows and doors but if it's a windy day outside its prob best to try and reduce exposure to tat wind and stay inside if you can on days when the pollen count is high and its very windy". 

    

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