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Many Suffering From Allergies Early In The Year

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By Stephanie Mead

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Although it's still winter, many are starting to feel the affect of spring allergies.

Coughing, sniffling and itchy eyes...we expect that in spring but in the middle of January?

It's what many in southern Idaho are already wondering... Including Faith Johnson.

"I get a stuffy nose, I get really irritable, my eyes look goobery, and I'm tired all the time," she explains.

People are exposed to the aeroallergen mold every day and show no side effects.

But due to the blowing wind and above average temperatures, some people are wheezing a little bit earlier.

“My biggest one is mold, like mold and dirt, and since it's usually the seasons changing is like when I'm feeling like I'm going to die," Johnson says.

Dr. Gregory Wickern with the Asthma and Allergy Center explains mold is the primary culprit to runny noses and coughing this early.

"Because we haven't had much snow on the ground, I can see why there is some possible outdoor mold problems are going to be a little higher and that might produce more symptoms in people, especially on a windy day when the mold gets picked up off the fields and delivered into your eyes or your nose,” he points out.

Even though it's only mid-January, doctors are encouraging patients to think ahead for their allergies this season.

"Prescription nasal steroid spray, start at the very beginning of the pollen season is much more effective than waiting until you are miserable for a month, and then say oh yea I got that prescription nose spray the doctor gave me," Wickern says.

It might be a little too early for the pollen to be affecting our noses and eyes... but it's never too late to prepare for allergies this spring.

“I had to take two medications to keep my allergies down so that kind of helps with that somewhat," Johnson notes.

Asthma and Allergy of Idaho is offering to test skin and blood to help patients figure out if they actually have allergy problems.


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