ALLERGY ALERT: Mold high for allergy sufferers


OKLAHOMA CITY — If you have been dealing with those itchy eyes or maybe that runny itchy nose, you aren’t alone.

Turns out right now there’s a lot more in the air than you might think.

Allergy sufferer Josh Majid said, “This morning as soon as I woke up I sneezed. I woke up last night sneezing.”

“It’s about to be September and it feels like spring,” another struggling with allergies, Chris Lam, said.

He’s not talking about the gorgeous weather, he’s talking about what is floating around in the air. 

“I mean, if i’m not snottin’, blowin’ and sneezin,’ it’s a good day for me,” allergy sufferer Rayson Sonchez said.

“In general, most of the molds are up right now and that’s because the humidity is so much higher than it’s been all summer long,” Okla. Allergy and Asthma Clinic Dr. Dean Atkinson said.

While recent rains may have been great for the drought, they only amplified the mold spores.

In fact, several times this week the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic has issued high mold alerts.

“If you’re a sufferer, try to stay away from the outdoor environment as much as possible,” he said.

Forecasted heat could actually force the mold count down over the next few days but don’t expect that to last long.

Dr. Atkinson said the season is really just beginning.

“The season will peak around mid-September and stick around until the first hard freeze, making Oklahomans miserable,” he said. 

Doctors said those who think you are suffering with a cold right now may need to re-evaluate your symptoms.

Dr. Atkinson said most of those who think they are currently battling a cold are likely battling allergies; colds typically aren’t prevalent this time of year.

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