AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Our weather roller-coasters may be causing problems for those who suffer from allergies.
A local expert at West Texas A&M said this year’s hot then cold weather from week to week, as well as small measures of rainfall, increase the growth of mold spores in the atmosphere, which at this time is unusually high.
“This will be the worst year of allergies we are going to face," said WTAMU professor in the Dept. of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences Nabarun Ghosh, Ph.D. "That’s bad news for allergy patients. Because of the fact the rainfall we have already, and if it rains a little more, those fungi will start multiplying very fast, and then those get dispersed in the air with the dry climate.”
Allergist at Allergy A.R.T.S. Dr. Constantine Saadeh said between December and now, allergy cases have increased by 100 percent.
“Patients come in complaining of lots of nasal symptoms, asthma flaring up, sinus infection--an increase of 100 percent from what we had in December," he said. "On the average, probably we see 50 or 60 a day.”
Dr. Saadeh believes as long as the weather is inconsistent, allergy problems won’t be going away anytime soon.
“Tree pollen is very abundant in the spring, the grass is in the summer, the weed is in the fall and during the winter is usually mold, house dust mites and pets,” he said.
He recommends understanding the difference between allergy symptoms and the common cold and getting treated if your symptoms are severe.
“You have to take care of yourself, because if you have other complicating factors, for example, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, these can become worse if the allergies are not controlled,” said Saadeh.