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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 04/28/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Prepare for Allergy Season

Cincinnati—The Greater Cincinnati area may be headed for one of the worst allergy seasons ever, according to University of Cincinnati (UC) otolaryngologists. Due to recent weather patterns, "It could be very uncomfortable, especially for those allergic to molds and pollen," says associate professor Allen Seiden, MD. "The pollen counts are already high, and the mold counts are getting higher." A wet winter and cool damp spring have set the stage for making Greater Cincinnati one of the most uncomfortable regions in the country for allergy sufferers. That weather, according to Seiden, encourages the development of pollen producers and mold spores. As the temperatures increase, so do the number of pollen producing plants and mold. To reduce your allergic reactions, doctors advise you to stay indoors early in the morning when pollen counts reach their highest levels. Several newer medications and nasal sprays are available that can reduce or prevent a severe allergic reaction without the heavy side effects of allergy medications in the past. Seiden advises that anyone severely affected by allergy symptoms or who has a runny nose, sneezing, or other cold symptoms for two weeks or longer should be seen by a physician.

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