Allergy Season Hits Las Vegas Full Force

LAS VEGAS -- The high winds over the past few days has wreaked havoc on allergy and asthma suffers. Some say it could be one of the worst seasons they have experienced.

"It's never been this bad. It's been horrible this year," allergy sufferer Dustin McKasson said. "I started getting real bad headaches."

McKasson decided to seek help from Dr. Joel Katz with the Allergy and Asthma Center of Las Vegas.

"Every year, we seem to be having worse and worse allergy problems because our trees are getting bigger and bigger," Dr. Katz said. "We get to the point during allergy season where we have limits on the amount of people who can be seen, but this has been a particularly bad allergy season."

High winds have kicked up the pollen and dust. Katz recommends keeping windows closed in homes and vehicles.

"Because the pollen counts really build up in your car if you don't keep your windows closed," he said.

There are numerous over the counter medications to help provide relief. If those don't work, it may be time to get something stronger from a doctor.

"You may need nasal steroids or you may need inhaled steroids for asthma," Dr. Katz said

When the hot weather arrives, allergy season will taper off. That news is relief to McKasson.

"A good night's sleep would be great," he said.

Dr. Katz said a good rainstorm would be helpful right now because it would settle the dust and pollen.

 


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