Wet summer means harsher fall allergies

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago August 07, 2015 Aug 7, 2015 Friday, August 07 2015 Friday, August 07, 2015 7:29:00 AM CDT in News
By: Landon Burke, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - This summer has seen its share of rainy days. But soon that rain could cause Missourians some real headaches -- literally.

Columbia Doctor Leen Al-Sayyed said people will start to feel their seasonal allergies creeping back in next few weeks. She said in terms of signs and symptoms, fall and spring allergies are similar. However it is what triggers the symptoms that makes them different.

"In the springtime the triggers are pollens from flowers, grasses and trees," Al-Sayyed said. "But it's the pollens from weeds that trigger symptoms in the fall."

Al-Sayyed said many species of weeds pollinate when the weather begins to cool off in the fall; however, doctors can predict how severe allergies will be in the fall, long before the weather begins to cool.

Al-Sayyed said this summer's exceptionally stormy weather will mean a harsher fall allergy season in a few months.

"After long summers, or very wet summers like this one, that means more pollen can be expected in the fall," Al-Sayyed said. "Allergies have a lot to do with the weather. The more wet the ground is, and the more windy the weather is in the fall time... that means more allergies."

Al-Sayyed said wet ground allows the weeds to grow quickly and produce lots of pollen. The high winds then sweep the pollen into the air. However weather is not the only thing that can affect the severity of people's allergies. Al-Sayyed said the amount of carbon dioxide in the air also plays a role.

"With the increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the air as a result of global warming, we see pollen counts go up," Al-Sayyed said. "More pollution, more allergies."

She said while there is a variety of allergy medicine available to people, the best way to fight allergy symptoms is to reduce one's exposure before he or she starts feeling sick.

Al-Sayyed said she recommends people with serious allergies cover their mouth and noses with a paper mask or a handkerchief while they are outside.

"If you like to garden or hike, you can still be outside, but while you are outside you need to cover your airways and wear eyeglasses to protect your eyes from the pollen," Al-Sayyed said. "The key is prevention. Avoid the triggers, avoid the things that you know will give you symptoms."

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Columbia Regional Airport is about to get the renovation its been hoping for. The small airport currently flies... More >>
1 hour ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 7:37:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are joining the investigation into... More >>
1 hour ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 7:06:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City City Council will vote Monday evening on the Truman Hotel Urban Renewal Plan. ... More >>
2 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 6:42:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri's new first lady, Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens, said she is committed to keeping politics separate from her... More >>
2 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 6:30:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - In the past two decades, the number of fatal opioid overdoses has skyrocketed, and the medical community has... More >>
5 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 3:42:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – As unusually warm weather brings a feeling of early spring across Missouri, it also speeds up the lawn... More >>
5 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 3:27:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The mayor's medical tourism task force has finalized its recommendations on how to make Columbia a medical hub... More >>
6 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 2:35:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Stress may seem like one of those things that we all talk about being under from time to... More >>
7 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 1:47:00 PM CST in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Th e Missouri S tate Highway Patrol says a 27-year-old man was died after a police... More >>
7 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 1:13:43 PM CST in News
PLATTE CITY (AP) — A truck driver from Springfield was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in... More >>
8 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 12:48:59 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - MU Police identified a man suspected of kissing one unwilling female and trying to hug several others. There... More >>
9 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 11:08:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will discuss a proposed ordinance change Monday night that would affect the way trash... More >>
10 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 10:35:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will look at what could turn into a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, or PDMP,... More >>
1 day ago February 19, 2017 Feb 19, 2017 Sunday, February 19 2017 Sunday, February 19, 2017 7:00:00 PM CST in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Two people were arrested after taking law enforcement on a high speed chase throughout mid-Missouri Sunday, according... More >>
1 day ago February 19, 2017 Feb 19, 2017 Sunday, February 19 2017 Sunday, February 19, 2017 6:36:00 PM CST in Coverage From Callaway
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A group of homeowners raised money for a man who was arrested in their neighborhood after... More >>
1 day ago February 19, 2017 Feb 19, 2017 Sunday, February 19 2017 Sunday, February 19, 2017 6:05:00 PM CST in News
OVERLAND - The Overland Police Department cancelled the Amber Alert for a 9-month-old boy Sunday. According to police, the... More >>
1 day ago February 19, 2017 Feb 19, 2017 Sunday, February 19 2017 Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:10:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has started complaining about the coverage his administration receives, but the Republican... More >>
1 day ago February 19, 2017 Feb 19, 2017 Sunday, February 19 2017 Sunday, February 19, 2017 1:21:21 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia saw one of its warmest weekends of the year so far with temperatures in the high 60s... More >>
1 day ago February 19, 2017 Feb 19, 2017 Sunday, February 19 2017 Sunday, February 19, 2017 12:53:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 62°
9pm 62°
10pm 60°
11pm 59°
12am 59°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Timeless
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Timeless
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld