Janel Thompson, ARNP, said more than half of her patients this week have had allergy symptoms.
"We're seeing a lot of watery eyes, runny nose, a little increase in asthma, a lot of complaints about mucus and nasal congestion," said Thompson.
Thompson said seasonal allergies frequently lead to a secondary bacteria or virus.
"If you think about the environment that exposure to an allergen sets up -- watery eyes, congested nose, more mucus -- all of those things make a perfect environment for a secondary bacteria or virus to set in," she said.
Thompson said there likely won't be much allergy relief until the pollen counts decrease.
"It will get better when we get a good snowfall, and we have a ground covering so that the pollens and allergens just aren't floating around in the environment," said Thompson.
In the meantime, Thompson recommends people keep their windows shut in their vehicle and at home and make sure their air conditioner and furnace filters are cleaned out.
She also recommends if someone is exposed to an allergen, he or she uses a salt water solution.
"The seasonal allergies really are more high in their level from the time of five in the morning until about 10 in the morning. So avoiding being outside where the wind is blowing the pollens around during the morning time frame is one thing you can do," said Thompson.
Healthcare professionals at the Waverly Health Center said folks should contact their doctor with allergy symptoms if they get a fever, experience pain in their sinuses, have a cough or sore throat.
Sunday, April 20 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:03:37 GMT
More than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government to run their health insurance markets under President Barack Obama's health care law must decide if they want to take a crack at it themselves. Time...More >>
For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.More >>
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.