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September 13, 2012 06:00 AM

Allergy Season, Symptoms Peak

Having allergy symptoms can put a strain on anyone's day, especially if you can't find the right medicine to help. That seems to be a common theme this year and allergists in KELOLAND say there is a reason for it.

While allergists say this season is no different from any other, they do say the reason the symptoms feel worse right now is because of the pollen count over the past few weeks.

For Dena Merry, allergy symptoms are something she's had for years.  But when she finally felt like she was getting over them, they came back.

"I thought I had grown out of them, but this year I have been really bad with the sneezing and really today I am actually having a good day," Merry said.

And Merry isn't the only one dealing with allergies in her home. Her nine-year-old son is learning to deal with them as well. She hopes some over-the-counter medicine does the trick.

"He's on Claritin right now and Singulair and he takes Dimetapp at night," Merry said.

Allergies can be a burden no matter how old you are.  And if that seems worse this year, you're not alone.

"It's always a bad ragweed season.  This year is a little bit worse for the mold allergic people because of the weather and so on.  But ragweed traditionally is always bad," Allergist Dr. R. Maclean Smith said.

And if those over the counter medicines aren't working, it's likely due to the time of the year. So, what can you do for yourself?

"The highest counts are in the morning, that's when the pollen is released so if you have a choice of exercising in the morning or exercising in the evening, you exercise in the evening not the morning.  That's the highest counts," Smith said.

So staying in the air conditioning and avoiding high-pollen times of the day will be your best bet, until of course, our first freeze. That's something that can't come soon enough for many.

"Yeah I am ready for a freeze," Merry said.

If your allergies are extreme, your doctor can put you on a steroid pill and a nasal spray, which Dr. Smith says is the best way to handle extreme symptoms.

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