CJ Pittman is feeling it -- the congestion, coughing and headache associated with the allergy season.
"When it comes to fall, they do get bad for me," he says.
Dr. William Hark says mold spiked during the rainy summer and that same wet weather is leading to a strong ragweed bloom.
"Unfortunately that's going to get worse before it gets better and around here," he says. "Ragweed will typically last until early December so it's going to be bad for a while."
Hark says it's something to take seriously -- not treating allergy symptoms can lead to asthma attacks for those patients and there are quality of life issues for everyone.
"That can affect your sleep, affect your work performance, school performance behavior in children and a lot of missed days of work or days where people don't function as well as they should."
Hark says over the counter products are good but allergy shots can be even better for people like Pittman who are desperate for relief.
There are some things you can do to alleviate symptoms without taking medicine.
Keep your windows closed and the a-c on to keep allergens outside.
Wear a mask while gardening or mowing the lawn.
Take a bath or shower as soon as possible after you've been exposed to allergens to wash them off.
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