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Iowa experiences high pollen count

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More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year.

With high pollen and ragweed levels across eastern Iowa, many people are suffering.

Even though many eastern Iowans are enjoying nearly perfect weather, several others are staying inside to avoid itchy eyes and runny noses.

Fortunately, there's relief.

It's that time of year.

As many people take in the last few moments of summer, others avoid it.

"Around mid August into September is when we usually see the spike of the allergies. Ragweed is one of the most prominent out there across eastern Iowa and the mid west. So, even for me, that's when we really start to see those allergies affect people," KWWL Meteorologist Denice Pelster said.

With pollen and ragweed levels higher than normal, UnityPoint Physician Assistant Quentin Stenger said you can take a few precautions to avoid seasonal allergies.

"Even though it's nice out side, usually in the later fall. Sometimes closing the window and get the air-conditioner going helps relieve it," Stenger said.

Most medical experts recommend an inexpensive over-the-counter medication like Allegra to treat your season allergies, but if you're like me, and you need something with a little extra strength, you might want to try a more expensive nasal spray. You simply shake, spray and sniff; and you should be feeling relief in a matter of time.

"There's are a lot of evidence that the nasal sprays actually have a lot of good relief of those seasonal symptoms as well," Stenger said.

If your children are experiencing seasonal allergies, here's something to keep in mind.

"It takes repeated exposure for a younger child to develop an allergy. So, it is usually very uncommon for under two years of age," Stenger said.

Experts say a bottle of over-the-counter allergy medication runs nearly 5 dollars, and nasal spray runs nearly 25.

To check your area's pollen count, click here.


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