Many Kentuckians Suffering From Fall Allergies

By: Heather Haley Reports
By: Heather Haley Reports

You may already be suffering from the itchy, watery eyes, congestion, and grogginess of allergy season. Fall has just officially started but for many, the allergies are already kicking in.

Charles Barnard uses a transit service to get from Manchester to Hazard when its time to see the doctor.

"It's miserable when you get up in the morning, and it's stuffy and hard to breathe," Barnard said.

For some it's worse than others. Some have outdoor allergies and some it's indoor. For Charles, it's seasonal.

"Watery eyes, the itchy, the runny nose, and it seems to go into an infection with me most of the time," he said.

Doctor Daniel Mongiardo says to limit your exposure to allergens.

"If you have central air, you can combine an electrostatic filter to filter out the outdoor pollens from coming in," Mongiardo says.

"The allergy, and the pollen, and the mold are high in the atmosphere, I try to stay in out of it as much as I can," Barnard said.

Dr. Mongiardo suggests taking multi-vitamins regularly to help keep your immune system strong.

"So the better your immune system, the more able you are to ward off allergies," Mongiardo said.

Dr. Mongiardo recommends you try over the counter medications to help ease allergy symptoms. For now Charles says all he can do is listen to his doctor and wait for relief.

Dr. Daniel Mongiardo says if the over the counter treatments don't work for your allergies, you should get an allergy test.

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