Tough Summer For Allergies
Weather creates worst possible scenario for allergy sufferers.
Many people suffer from allergies all year round.
For 20 years, Marcy Watts has lived in Florida and spends countless hours gardening, and now, sniffling.
"I can tell when I even talk. I'm sort of stuffed up in there. That's very unusual for me," she says.
Right now, there are three factors that are contributing to lots of sniffles and swollen eyes.
"The grasses are pollinating and then the weeds are really starting to pick up now as we head into the fall, and the mold counts are just high," says Dr. Larry Castillo from Asthma and Allergy Care Centre.
Even though the grasses pollinate year round, doctors observed this summer had the right scenarios to make it bad for allergy sufferers.
"More dry weather, less rains, less pollen taken out of the air, so pollens will stay airborne for a longer period of time," said Dr. Charles Klucka.
He says the rainy season didn't bring much relief.
"Especially after a lot of rain we had the last few weeks, the mold counts will start to go up as it starts to dry out," he says.
The heaviest pollen counts come in the morning, right when people like Marcy begin their gardening work.
"Its starting to really become a bother to me so I'm going to have to do something and go to the doctor," she says.
Doctors recommend staying inside as much as possible.
They say the best months for allergy sufferers are December and January.