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Drought causing bad allergy season

Kassi Nelson
April 24, 2018 06:47 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – While the weather warms up, people are looking to get outdoors. For those with allergies, it comes at a cost.

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Doctors said this year's allergy season is worse than last. Dr. Osman Dokmeci, an allergy and immunology specialist at UNM Hospital, said his patients are suffering more this year because of the extreme drought.

"I tell my patients who suffer severe allergies many things, to enjoy the outdoors which is beautiful in Albuquerque right after a light rain shower," he said. "Now you don’t have that anymore. There’s no clearing effect of any showers or anything else."

While over-the-counter allergy medicines help some, they can actually do more harm than good if you mistake a different infection for allergies.

"It tends to thicken the secretions and you can get sinus infections more readily," Dokmeci said.

Dokmeci said aside from the usual symptoms, allergies can show up on the skin in the form of hives or eczema.

If you don’t want to stay inside all spring, there are a couple things Dokmeci recommends. He said it's a good idea to take a shower when you come inside to rinse off allergens, put an air filter on your air conditioner and keep your windows closed.

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