Tough times for allergy sufferers

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Doctors said allergy sufferers are in for a rough next couple of weeks.

Gundersen Health System Pediatric Allergist Dr. Todd Mahr said ragweed season is typically mid August through the end of September.

He also said heat and humidity spur pollen production.

“One plant can produce about a billion pollen spores in like a day. They’re just factories for producing this pollen,” said Mahr.

Mahr said mold counts have been fairly high.

Plus, there’s a lack of rain.

“Rain will generally wash the pollen out of the air, and when it rains out people will get a little bit of respite afterwards. So it would be great if it would rain over the next few days,” said Mahr.

Mahr said allergy sufferer should avoid going outside, especially in the morning through early afternoon, because that’s when pollen counts are the highest.

Mahr said if you’re outside all day, you should shower so you don’t go to bed with pollen on your face and in your hair.

Otherwise, you’ll wake up having problems.

Allergy sufferers also should use an air conditioner instead of sleeping with the windows open, and make sure the filters are clean.


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