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Allergy Season Hits Hard

September 20, 2013, 6:11 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Allergy Season Hits Hard
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

If your nose is running and your eyes are watering, you're not alone. Hay fever season is hitting our region hard.

Even though this week's temperatures have been pretty mild, many people suffer when they're outside.

"Some mornings you just wake up feeling miserable and your head is just cloudy," Mike Jorvig said.

Jorvig is allergic to many weeds and mold. Both are major allergens this time of year.

"Most of the weeds start kicking in, but we think of hay fever as ragweed. Ragweed is really pollinating heavily this time of year. The kochia and Russian thistle and such are also going crazy," Allergist Dr. Mark Bubak said.

Bubak says if you're itching for relief, first you should try an over-the-counter antihistamine, such as Zyrtec, Allegra or Claritin.

If over-the-counter medication isn't working, the bad news is it's a little bit too late in the year for a nasal steroid, but you could try an oral steroid.

"This is late in the season. It's hard to get people rescued back unless you use an oral steroid," Bubak said.

You do have to visit a doctor and get a prescription for an oral steroid. If you want to wait it out, you likely will suffer for several more weeks.

"Allergy sufferers are hoping for a 26 degree freeze. About a week later the pollen shuts off. Unfortunately, if you're allergic to mold, it's going to continue well past Halloween. We actually need snow," Bubak said.

That is why Jorvig isn't necessarily that excited for the end of allergy season.

"It'll end soon, but then it'll be cold," Jorvig said.

Bubak says if you start taking allergy shots now, 50 to 75 percent of your symptoms should be gone by next allergy season.

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