User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


83° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Allergy Season, Symptoms Peak

September 13, 2012, 6:00 AM by Kellee Azar

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.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


Sponsored

 


View healthbeat

You may also like

Fiat Chrysler To Pay Record Recall Fine

7/27/2015 9:32 AM

The settlement also forces the car maker to repurchase more than half a million Ram pickup trucks built between 2008 and 2012 because defective steeri...

Full Story
'Frog Run' In Memory Of Brookings Boy

7/21/2015 4:00 PM

A Brookings family is dealing with their grief by using their own personal loss to help other families who have children suffering from health problem...

Full Story
Becoming A Dad? Expect To Gain Weight

7/21/2015 10:38 AM

A new study suggests that fatherhood often comes with a weight gain of 3 to 5 pounds.

Full Story
Five Key Areas To Apply Sunscreen

7/23/2015 6:22 PM

People often forget to apply sunscreen to five key areas, including the neck.

Full Story | Watch
Mouth Condition Can Hinder Breastfeeding

7/24/2015 6:09 PM

Because of the health and bonding benefits, many new moms want to nurse. But sometimes a common medical condition makes that more difficult.

Full Story | Watch


Events