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Pollen superburst likely for Pineywoods

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
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This year's allergy season could be worse then year's past.

The sounds of sneezing and coughing become more common this time of year because of what experts say is being caused by a warmer winter.

"We had a winter but it was warm so a lot of those plants are going to be ready to go this time," Agrilife Extension Agent Cary Sims said. "We've got so much rainfall and a great climate that we can grow lots of things. That's our blessing, but it also works against us because we can grow everything."

Sims said there is a misconception that a lot of flowers are what cause the pollen outbreak.

"The plants with the real pretty bloom are not causing allergies," Sims said. "It is the wind-born pollinators such as your grasses and trees and other things."

Sims said in East Texas, residents will deal mostly with ragweed, ryegrass and pine trees as the main ways the allergies are spread. There is also not much that can be done to stop the spread.

"Even though I don't have a weed on my place, and I don't have any pollen on my place, however big your place is these are wind born," Sims said. "They are going to be carried."

Dr. Kindrell Tucker said he tells patients to come in early if allergy problems are a yearly thing.

"If you can keep that level of histamine down you are going to have less symptoms," Tucker said. "Histamine is the main reason you are having those runny noses and itchy watery eyes."

If the allergies are not treated properly, long-term problems could happen.

"If you chronically have those problems, it can build up mucus, irritation sometimes even bacterial infection," Tucker said.

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