UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
WACO -- Endless coughing, itchy eyes and a runny nose.
All signs that allergy season is upon us.
Dr. Bradford Holland, family physician at Ear Nose and Throat in Waco, said this year you may experience even more intense allergies.
"The dry conditions which give us no filter of our air but also dry out our upper respiratory tracts and the second is just because of the number of irritants that are still in our air. the number of allergens and pollens in the air," said Holland.
And that's affecting central Texans even before allergy season begins.
"It's been a particularly bad season, starting even in August," said Holland.
He said the most common problem patients complain about are nasal symptoms, hoarseness, ear problems and sinus conditions, all aggravated by the, the combination of the high pollen counts.
Dr. William Howland also expects that molds will be especially high this fall in Austin.
Especially alternaria, which feeds on dry vegetation, now in abundance in Austin.
Dr. Howland points out that high mold spore counts usually prompt a spike in asthma-related emergency room visits.
But for those common, irritating allergies there are solutions.
"Flush their noses, using a saline spray does help, uh, shower before bedtime washing all of those irritants off and using a mask when you're out especially doing mowing or other, uh, activities outside if you can. um, keeping your windows closed and uh, using the appropriate medications," said Holland.
And he says if you can't get control of your allergies with over-the-counter medicines, then it's time to make that trip to the doctor.