Difficult Allergy Season for ND

Go for a drive and all you see is green. The record moisture this spring has made for lush pastures, thick yards and full trees.  While it is a breath taking sight, this spring has been miserable for those suffering with allergies. Donnell Preskey explains.

(Donnell Preskey, Reporting):  There's no doubt, the record setting moisture this spring has made for a beautiful back drop.  The trees are green, the grass is lush and the shrubs are full.  But all this green, all at once is making it pretty miserable on those who suffer from allergies.

(Dr. Arkapol Piyamahunt, St. Alexius Allergist):  "We are pretty busy these past few weeks.”

(Donnell):  He says spring and summer collided this year, aking it a "double whammy" for anyone with allergies.

(Dr. Piyamahunt):  "Tree pollen should be at least late March / April. Grass would be in May. But this year the two seasons combined together, that's why more severe than normal.”

(Donnell):  The record moisture this year also compounds the problem.  Higher humidity, and rain means more pollination.

(Dr. Piyamahunt):  “Pollen is spread by wind. In our state we are always windy. When it is windy there are more pollen in the air."

(Donnell):  Dr. Piyamahunt says those who have learned how to deal with their allergies over the years by using drugs they can buy over the counter are having a much more difficult time this year.  Eight year old Jared Kunze has been fighting allergies for years, but this spring is much worse.

(Dr. Piyamahunt):  “This year we have been seeing several new patients a day. Most of them it's not a new onset, patient who's had them for 12 years. More severe, over the counter doesn't work anymore."

(Donnell):  Dr. Piyamahunt says they can alter or add to current allergy treatments to help patients get through this bad period.

(Anchor):  Dr. Piyamahunt says practicing common sense can help you get a handle on your allergies.  For example, immediately shower or wash off after mowing your yard, or wear a mask while mowing.

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Donnell Preskey, Reporting