Allergy Season Hits Kentucky Hard

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Dalton Broome says: "Sniffing and maybe some sneezing. Kinda stopped up."

Dalton is one of many children that suffers from severe allergies. This time of year is hard for him.

Dalton says: "Every time a season changes my sinuses they just get all stuffed up and I can't do much outside or anything."

Dr. Pat Mercer says: "This time of year is usually a fairly severe time of year for allergy sufferers because there's usually more than one type of allergen out there in the air causing problems."

Dr.Mercer says the most common contributors to allergies are located in Kentucky at this time of year.

Dr. Mercer says: "In the spring tree pollens are high. This time of year the grass has already started pollinating. And this time of year the molds go high. So you have three things."

Allergies are most common in children ages 9-12 like Dalton.

Dr. Mercer says: "But it can occur at any time. I've seen some really young kids have severe allergies. I've had some people who've never had allergies. Not as children not as adults then they get to be 70 years old and you do an allergy test and they have huge reactions."

There are several options for allergy sufferers in our area. Allergy shots are one option and there are many new kinds of prescription medicines available.

Dr. Mercer says: "Medicine is going to work a whole lot quicker in this case. The allergy shots take several months before they even kick in and start working."

But after a patient stops taking the medicine the allergies return. Getting allergy shots changes the body's immune response system so they no longer have allergic reactions.

For more information on allergies visit:
http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/allergies_immune/allergies.html

and

http://my.webmd.com/medical_information/condition_centers/allergies/default.htm


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