Allergy Update: New Culprit Blows into Abilene

Allergy Update: New Culprit Blows into Abilene

Many people are finally breathing easier now that cedar tree allergies are behind us. But now with the change of season, comes a new set of concerns--grass allergies.
If you spent the better part of the winter and spring seasons sneezing and wheezing thanks to cedar allergies--doctors say, don't take your sigh of relief just yet.

"Now trees are starting to decrease, and we're starting to see an increase in grass pollen," says Dr. Ashley Hall, Hendrick Medical Center.

The winds of change are here, and with it, blow in new allergens in the air.

"That would be all the different grasses. And it doesn't even matter what's in your yard. They can blow for miles, especially with the wind here in Abilene. It could blow for one hundred miles," Dr. Hall tells us.

Even if you haven't struggled with grass or tree allergies in the past, you're out of the woods.

"It can trigger the same sort of symptoms as far as irritating the nose, sneezing, and runny nose," explains Dr. Hall.

But don't go digging up your beautiful flower garden just yet.

"Flowering plants aren't normally the ones that cause allergies since they're not wind-pollinated, they're insect-pollinated," says Dr. Hall.

Hopefully you won't experience allergies this season, but if you do notice symptoms starting to blossom, nip them in the bud and see your local allergist.
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