WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Ragweed season is here and the high pollen count is only going to get worse.
For many it seems as soon as fall classes begin, so do the does the sniffling and sneezing.
"As soon as I walk outside, my eyes get red and itchy and my nose is stopped up. Been sneezing a lot," said Purdue student Thomas Graber.
Doctor Ketan Sheth is an allergist with the Lafayette Allergy and Asthma Clinic. He said his clinic is seeing all the classic symptoms from itchy eyes, to runny noses and sometimes coughing.
"In the last week to two weeks ragweed has come out. It usually comes out about August 15. So right when kids go back to school," said Sheth.
Others said medicine doesn't seem to be helping.
"I've been trying to take medication and usually it works on me but it hasn't this year. I've lived in Indiana all my life and this has been the worst," said Olivia Bargo
Sheth said the pollen count is going to get worse in the weeks to come.
"The counts are much higher this year and the way the weather is setting up it's going to be much higher over the next several weeks. There was a lot of moisture in the middle part of the summer and a lot of heat and the ragweed has grown quite heavily. Now that it's dried out the ragweed will pollinate and the wind and the drier weather will cause it to be much higher in its counts," said Sheth.
Sheth added that staying indoors, especially in the morning when pollen counts tend to be higher, should help. He said most people should be able to cope with over the counter antihistamines. But if the over the counter meds aren't offering relief, prescription drugs or allergy shots might offer some.
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