Yes, Your Allergies ARE Worse This Year

7:31 AM, Sep 12, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (KARE) -- If you're going through tissues like they're going out of style, you're not alone. It's ragweed season, and it's a doozy.

"This time of year I take my prescription allergy medication but I also take Sudafed on top of that, plus I quadruple the strength of my asthma inhaler," says Kristine Crossman-Little.

Kristine is like thousands of others who always suffer at the end of summer, but this year seems to have an extra allergy kick. Why? there are a couple of reasons.

First of all, the weather has been nice, which means you're likely spending more time outdoors with the pollen. Then, there's the fact that it has been so dramatically dry.

"Rain is something that helps cleanse the air of pollen and then if you take the pollen out of the air, temporarily people will do better," says Dr. David Graft with Park Nicollet.

So what can you do besides pray for rain? Dr. Graft says try avoiding the problem. Shut the windows and take a shower at night. It helps to wash away the allergens. The next step would be over the counter medications like antihistamines and Sudafed. Shots, of course, are a last resort.

If your itchy eyes and runny nose are more than you can handle, not to worry, it will all get better when fall turns to winter.

"If we have another warm fall like last year, then this misery can go on even longer," says Dr. Graft.

Okay...not exactly the news the sneezing masses wants to hear. So, it's back to praying for rain...or an early frost.

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