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High levels of ragweed and mold setting off allergies early

Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 20:17:23-04

As summer winds down most people have been soaking up the warm days, but some are dealing with early allergies sparked by high levels of ragweed and mold.

"It's kind of bad at night mostly. I can feel it during the day. When it gets really humid it gets hard to breathe," said Jake Moeller, who suffers from seasonal allergies.

"Generally as it gets a little bit cooler the pollen count will go up and people come in more and more although we're starting to see some now," said Jim Engelmeier, a pharmacist at Hayat Pharmacy.

According to the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center's daily pollen count, ragweed and mold levels on August 21 are nearly double their historical averages for the same day.

The Allergy and Asthma Centers in Greenfield reported seeing a higher number of patients seeking allergy relief than usual.

"We always thought that August 15 was the day ragweed would really start kicking out and then people would usually get symptoms, but there was large amounts of rag weed around at least a week or week and a half before that," said Dr. Terry Graves, an allergist with Allergy and Asthma Centers.

Staying indoors or using medications like over the counter antihistamines and nasal sprays can typically nip symptoms in the bud, but if your symptoms are severe talk to a doctor.