Surviving Allergies

The panhandle weather is taking a toll on allergy sufferers in our area, with some telling us, it's the worst allergy season they've ever experienced.

"I get like a really runny nose and itchy eyes, and whenever the wind is blowing it gets really bad and I just get sick."

Summer may be a day away, but spring allergies don't seem to be going anywhere.

The dry weather and wind has been the root of a lot of issues in our area, and allergies are another one.

According to Dr. Robert Stroud, the high plains is one of the most allergy affected areas in the country.

He says, "once we get all the rain, the dust calms down, we have a lot of  aggressive grass and weeds start blooming and pollinating."

Stroud tells us allergies are not hereditary.

"It does take time to develop the allergy, so it requires an exposure to a given substance, and then a re-exposure to develop the allergy symptoms."
People of all ages can have them. 

"My nose is runny, my eyes itch and I sneeze a lot."

"You don't even think they're allergies, you just think you're getting a cold.  It feels like a cold coming on, but it's not."

Stroud says over the counter medications can help the coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes, but allergies can affect people in different, more severe ways.

Stroud tells us, "if you're bothered by them that much and your daily activities are affected, then I think you need to seek out medical attention, maybe consider some alternative medical therapy's other than what's available over the counter."

Children can develop allergies before the age of 3, but Stroud says those are usually to food.

He tells us people are more susceptible to allergies and hay fever,or seasonal allergies, in their late childhood and teenage years.

Stroud says allergy sufferers tend to get a little bit of a break mid summer, but as soon as fall comes, weed allergy season begins.

He says winter is usually the best time for allergy sufferers.

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