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Start of warm weather brings in allergies

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The sudden spike in temperature signals the start of allergy season.

While many are thinking about gardening or spending time outdoors with the warmer weather, there are others who can barely breathe when they step outside.

On Tuesday, Evansville's allergy count was very high at an 11.1 on a 12 point range scale.

"When they are blooming, I know it's coming, and I should probably get prepared. When you start seeing that yellow film on your car. I can't even breathe outside, that is not a good time for me," Lacey Wolford said. 

Lacy Wolford has severe allergies to several things, but especially pollen.

"It has kept me home from school because my eyes will be swollen shut," Wolford said.

"Ever since the weather has changed, we have seen more and more cases of allergies," said Dr. Alexander Dela Llana with St. Mary's West Side Connection. 

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, one in five Americans has allergies. Dr. Llana says he is seeing a lot of patients during St. Mary's Saturday Clinic, but many confuse allergy symptoms with a cold.

"They have the onset of symptoms right away, like we had mentioned the watery eyes, the post nasal drip, sometimes they get what we call allergic shiners. They also have the occasional clear discharge and maybe coughing," Dr. Llana said. "Colds on the other hand sometimes you have a fever with it, comes on maybe three or four days after exposure, and they can last for about seven days. Unlike we had mentioned allergies, it hits you right away." 

There are several treatment options, Wolford takes steroid packs, shots, and other prescription meds. Some allergy sufferers even see a chiropractor to relieve some of the tension and pressure from allergies.

"I can adjust you and relieve the symptoms, but it's not going to be a fix," said Dr. Jessica Kuryla with West Side Chiropractic.

But the best medicine is prevention.

"I try to wear a masks or something to cover my face with, so I don't get full pollen," Wolford said.

In case you are planning on moving, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky are one of the worst cities in the nation today for allergy sufferers.

Best places are just about every city in South Dakota and Colorado.

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