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Mid-September is peak ragweed season

Posted at 1:58 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 18:55:01-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — When one allergy season ends, another begins. If you're suffering from sneezing and coughing, you're not alone right now.

"I've had a lot of sick visit add-ons from patients that are very allergic and some may have an asthma flare because of their allergies or sinus problems,” said Dr. Beth Miller, Chief of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Kentucky

Mid-September is peak ragweed season and fall brings out molds that can trigger allergic reactions. This heatwave is only making it worse.

"It's hot, dry, and windy and it's ideal to increase pollen in the air,” said Dr. Miller.

It’s not so ideal for patients though. With the heat expected to continue, it's a good idea to keep that allergy medicine nearby. Especially those who may be new to Kentucky.

"If they’re new to Kentucky or just moved in the last couple of years, this may be all new to them because it can take up to two years to develop an allergy once you move to a new environment,” said Dr. Miller.

Dr. Miller suggests if it gets really bad, keep the windows closed and the A/C on.