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Recent rains are reeking havoc on mold allergy sufferers


For those with allergies, this spring season has really been tough.

The pollen count a few weeks ago reached a whopping 2,000. However, recent rains brought that number down to 200 and brought on another allergen... mold.

Allergy specialists said paying close attention to the weather can help ease your allergy symptoms. Warm weather increases the pollen count, rain means more mold; and when the wind kicks up, these allergens can spread across Siouxland.

"The best thing to do is on those days, if you do need to be outside, to make sure you come in and shower off right away. Make sure you're taking an antihistamine and be proactive about taking care of yourself if you've been outside," said Carole List from Siouxland Allergy and Asthma.

Siouxland Allergy and Asthma said both over the counter and prescription antihistamines can be beneficial for mild to moderate sufferers. When it comes to the medication, nose sprays may work the best since they go straight to the source when relieving congestion. However, experts said it's up to the patient on what works best for them, since everyone reacts differently to medication; but, if your symptoms are severe, allergy specialists suggest visiting your doctor.

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