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Allergies Up in Panhandle, Scientists Blame Rain, Global Warming

If your allergies have been getting progressively worse, you are not alone. Scientists say more pollen and mold spores are in our air than in previous years.

One thousand grains of pollen fit in one square millimeter. In the panhandle, scientists are finding two thousand pollen grains per millimeter.

That means worse allergies for almost anyone with allergies. Scientists have two theories as to why allergens have increased.

Dr. Nabarun Ghosh from West Texas A&M University says global warming and heavy rainfall factor into the high allergen concentration. Ghosh says when mold spores' environment is threatened by climate change, it reproduces more spores.

He says that this year, instead of spring coming in may, it came in march, causing more mold spore production.

Ironically, a lot of the allergens that cause our allergies here in the Panhandle blow in from other states, they don't grow here.

If you're suffering from allergy symptoms, do go see your doctor.

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