Wild weather could be affecting your allergies

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - That water could cause mold to saturate your home and cause health concerns you might not have thought of.  In fact, this year's wild weather could be affecting your allergies.

"Now that we're having a couple of weeks that we're not having much rain, when we're seeing the temperatures go up--that's the perfect recipe for grass pollination," said Dr. Scot Snodgrass.

Allergist Dr. Scot Snodgrass, at the Allergy Clinic,  says it will only increase during the next month to six weeks.

"The moisture is there and we're going to start getting into the 80's and 90's consistently and that's what it takes for grass to grow and for grass to pollinate," said Dr. Snodgrass.

For those allergic to grass pollen, it's not the news you wanted to hear.  All of this water may cause some sniffling and sneezing for some people too.

"I think that it's probably common knowledge that there's going to be some increased mold with the large amount of floodwater we've had," said Dr. Snodgrass.

Dr. Snodgrass says that may end up being more of an indoor allergen problem because we normally have mold counts elevated this time of year anyway.

"The problem that we're going to have this year, especially in these homes that were flooded there's an organic source for these molds to live off of and if that's not cleaned out the spores will release from the mold which is the reproductive organ and that's what causes the problem," said Dr. Snodgrass.

Dr. Snodgrass says only time will tell.  As far as treating that cough, congestion or sneezing, Dr. Snodgrass says make sure you know exactly what's wrong, that may mean a trip to your doctor.

"Match your symptoms with the medications and either read the symptoms that medication treats or talk with some health care professional to find out," said Dr. Snodgrass.

Dr. Snodgrass says if you do suffer from allergies, you may be able to reduce some symptoms by remembering not to sleep with open windows, keep car windows up, and don't hang your clothes outside.  Again, for more severe symptoms, Dr. Snodgrass says discuss with your doctor the possibility of stronger treatments.

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