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Allergy Season Struggles Increase with High Winds

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It's that time of year, allergy season! The pollen is blowing around and allergies are starting to affect many people in Northern Nevada, especially from all the wind we've had this week.

Doctors say we are right in between the spring and summer pollen seasons, which is causing some major problems for people with allergies

Ivanell Dirksen is just one of the many patients seeing a doctor for her allergies. She had a few allergies when she was a teen and got even more in her 30s. Ivanell says now she has even more. "I'm allergic to trees and weeds and grasses and cattle dander," said Dirksen.

"We certainly have a lot of wind and whenever the wind is doing its job of spreading that pollen, if you're outside you're gonna have symptoms," said Dr. Jeffrey Nugent.

Dr. Nugent has been an allergist for over 10 years treating a variety of patients. "We see people from one to 101," said Dr. Nugent. "What we're seeing a lot of is tree pollen, and sort of the very beginning of grasses and weeds. Trees will be cottonwood and maple and birch and box elder and just a bunch of trees that we have here. Grasses will be in the mid-spring into the end of summer."

According to our allergy count on Thursday was in the medium range at 5.8 and will decrease slightly through the weekend. That means people will still likely see allergy symptoms to certain pollens now. "When pollen counts are high or when its windy, we'll begin to see more respiratory allergies," said Dr. Nugent.

But there are some treatments... "We have drops, tablets and shots. We have lots of different ways we can treat allergies. Or usually we'll get it better with some combination of avoid it, treat it pharmacologically or desensitize you," said Dr. Nugent.

Ivanell says thanks to advancements in technology and medicine, treatments for her allergies have gotten better. "It used to be Sudafed was it but it raised your blood pressure. So what they have now works so much better,"said Dirksen.

If you think you have allergies doctors say you can start out with over-the-counter medication. If it appears to be more severe you need to see a specialist.

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Written by Chloe Beardsley
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