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Health Plus: Allergies

Waverly (KWWL)-This time of year, especially, allergies can leave some people down and out when it comes to outdoor activities.  In Health Plus, how one local woman got relief when she discovered what was triggering her reactions.

Nine years ago, Vicki Schoneman had an attack of sorts.

"I could not breathe. I had numbness on my cheek," she says. 

Tests uncovered allergies the now 54-year-old never before suffered from.

"Molds, mites, dust, grass, ragweed, trees."

To cope, the Allison woman takes daily medication, uses nasal spray and twice a week gets allergy shots.

Her doctor says Vicki's is an extreme case, but an example of someone helped with available treatment.

"A lot of people treat with decongestants or antihistamines or over-the-counter products, nasal saline, avoidance of the allergens, things like that, but she requires the injections," says Dr. Adam Brooks with Covenant Clinic in Waverly.

He says symptoms like runny nose, itchy and watery eyes along with sinus congestion could be signs you have allergies.

"If it's interrupting their life and causing problems, then I probably think they should be evaluated," says Dr. Brooks

Medical intervention has worked for Vicki.

"I have to keep on top of it and, if I don't, I can't breathe," she says. 

It's a year-round problem intensified by signs of spring.

One in three Americans reportedly has allergies.

Tara Thomas 

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