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Trees give us beauty, shade... and sneezes

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Pollen-producing trees are a major factor in Texoma allergies. (KTEN) Pollen-producing trees are a major factor in Texoma allergies. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- It's that time of year again: Allergy season, when sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes make an unwelcome comeback.

Dr. Muqdad Zuriqat of Carrus Hospital in Sherman said Texoma residents have started complaining about pollen a lot more over the past couple of years.

"This region is known for its multiple allergies," he said. "We notice this because people who move to this region from different parts of the states, they start to complain of lots of respiratory symptoms, and they are all triggered by allergies."

Allergens can come from many different things, but there's one thing in particular Texomans have to worry about: Trees.

"In particular mountain cedar, oak trees, and multiple others, of course," Zuriqat said. "We have noticed for the last couple of years that people started to have or complain about more in relation to those allergens or those triggers."

He said allergy sufferers can try over-the-counter medications to fight allergies.

"If the over the counter medications do not help, they need to seek medical advice," Zuriqat said. 

KTEN meteorologist Alana Cameron said this weekend's expected freeze could have a welcome effect in helping to reduce pollen particles in the air.

"Since we're seeing colder temperatures, it always brings down that count," she said. "Winds will be something to watch out for this weekend, but it does look like with colder weather, the allergen count will decrease."

Dr. Zuriqat added that home remedies like local honey may help some allergy patients, but they won't control the problem like actual medications can.

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