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Texoma allergy season lingers due to warm fall temps

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You're not alone if you're sniffling and sneezing.

Dr. Anna Crew of AllianceHealth Durant offered a rundown of the sickly symptoms:

"Runny nose, congestion, itchy ears, itchy eyes, itchy pallet, sometimes even generalize itching in their body," she said.

Sound familiar? Oh yes, allergies. It's like we can never catch a break -- pollen in the springtime, then back to square one in the fall.

"We can see right here on the allergy index, weeds, grass, very high and then mold and trees are medium, but still very high," said KTEN meteorologist Amber Nowaski.

She said ragweed is the main allergen in the fall, and we've seen high levels in Texoma because of unseasonably warm temperatures.

There's a simple solution: Fall weather.

"We need that colder weather to come in for everybody's benefit... including all those allergy sufferers," Dr. Crew said.

Doctors and pharmacies say these fall allergies are worse than in previous years, causing business to surge.

"We see a lot of patients here for allergies," said pharmacist Travis Garrett. "What you're allergic to may not be the same as what I'm allergic to, and so finding out what it is will help you to manage those triggers."

Medicine is a common fix, and today it's even easier for you to tame the pesky allergens.

"There are several products that have just come out over-the-counter in the last year or two, so they are the same prescription strength," Garrett said.

Don't ignore the symptoms. Doctors say it's important to control your allergies before they turn into infections or worse.

So how long will this bad allergy season stick around? It should abate once the temperatures finally go down.

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