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Heavy rainfall could cause increase in allergies


OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s that time of year again; allergy season is just around the corner. It’s been an unseasonably wet summer and with the heavy rainfall, comes more molds, amongst other things.

“All the rain has also helped weeds and other plant materials to grow and that’s going to lead to increased levels this fall,” said Metz.

Dr. Gregory Metz with the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic, said ragweed is getting ready to explode, which will cause a lot of problems for allergy sufferers.

“As that pollen gets into the air when you breathe it in, it could lead to sneezing, itching, watery eyes, itchy throat and difficulty breathing,” said Metz.

To get tested, nurses clean the surface of your skin, use numbers to differentiate types of allergy tests and then prick areas to find out what kind of plants, weeds or animals you might react to.

“The little needles are small, pin pricks, almost like toothpick poke or maybe a thumbtack, but very small pokes,” said Dawson.

If you’re skin reacts to the pricks, it will look like mosquito bites that swell up or itch.

“I basically take this ruler and measure the size of this bump,” said Metz.

Now if you do show a reaction to your allergy testing, do not touch the inflamed area because it could affect test results. What you can do is fan it or blow on it.

“You can see the redness around it and that would signify that she’s allergic,” said Metz.

Being a human pin cushion does have its perks, to know what you’re allergic to so you can continue to be outdoors and active.

“What we try to do is identify what they’re allergic too so we can manage it better,” said Metz.

There is no cure for allergies, but they can be managed with proper prevention and treatment.