As summer ends, allergy season hits its peak

If you have allergies, look out.

Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer and usually the peak of hay fever season. Doctors at Kansas City Allergy & Asthma say this year's hay fever season is expected to be worse than usual.

Late summer and early fall are usually when certain pollen counts peak. Ragweed is especially bad this year because of the weather. The wet spring and summer plus cooler temperatures helped create a perfect storm for ragweed.

"Those ragweed plants are huge, so, you know obviously the bigger they are the more pollen they're going to produce. So we potentially have a bad pollen season coming," said Derrick Ward, M.D., Kansas City Allergy & Asthma.

Symptoms include itchy and watery eyes as well as sneezing and nasal congestion. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are options along with allergy shots.

Doctors also recommend allergy sufferers limit their time outdoors when pollen counts are high.

"When you come back inside, make sure you jump in the shower, try to wash all the pollen off your hair, off your body before you transfer that pollen to the couch, your bed, your pillow, other furniture," Dr. Ward said.

The fall pollen season typically peaks around Labor Day and runs through mid-October unless there is an early freeze.

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