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Changes In Weather Causing Seasonal Allergies

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People across the county are going to the doctor with all the symptoms of a common cold, but in fact for many the change in weather from hot to rainy to hot has brought on season allergies. So, how can you tell if you have a cold or an allergy.\r\n\r\n"I definitely see more patients with the change of weather, particularly those that do have allergies. Many are susceptible to things like asthma," said Doctor Kenneth Morris the Medical Director of Pediatrics at North County Health Services.\r\n\r\nDoctor Morris says many of those patients have symptoms like the common cold - congestion, a stuffy nose, pressure headache and itchy watery eyes. But he says most of these patients have seasonal allergies not colds.\r\n\r\n"Allergies you tend to see a lot, likely clear runny noses...scratchy throat, itchy eyes..those types of thing tend to be allergy related," explained Doctor Morris.\r\n\r\nAn allergy is an abnormal sensitivity to ordinarily harmless things like trees, grasses, weeds and mold.\r\n\r\n"Things that last a few weeks tend to be more allergy related," said Doctor Morris.\r\n\r\nIf the symptoms continue, it's time to see the doctor.\r\n\r\n"The answer then is to go and see an allergist and get a skin test and that helps avoidance...part of it's medication," noted Doctor Morris.\r\n \r\nPatients undergo a series of skin tests to determine the cause of the allergy.\r\n\r\nWhile avoiding trees and grass may be hard to do, Doctor Morris says over-the-counter medicine help the symptoms - drugs like antihistamines and decongestants or prescription nasal steroids.\r\n\r\nAllergy sufferers can also go online and see air quality reports to find out when pollen counts are high.\r\n\r\n"You look at trees, grasses, you look at weeds and you look at mold counts," Doctor Morris added.\r\n\r\nWhen pollen counts are high, it's recommended allergy sufferers stay inside.\r\n\r\nFor children suffering from allergies, consult your doctor before giving any over-the-counter medicine.
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