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Doctors Say Summer Allergy Season Is Worse Than Usual

This summer’s allergy season could be one of the worst on record.

The National Weather Service allergy index shows pollen levels have been abnormally high in recent weeks, and allergist Dr. Rajan Mehta says that indicates this summer’s allergy season could be particularly bad.

“Ragweed is considered the king of pollens, and it causes more problems for more people with pollen allergy,” he says. “Usually it starts in late summer.”

But Indiana University Health Otolaryngologist Dr. Joanna Watkins says that summer allergy season has already started.

“The pollens remain dormant, and then with the sudden weather change to warmer temperatures, they just get released all at once,” she says. “That also has something to do with people feeling like this is the worst allergy season ever.”

Watkins says people with allergies should stay indoors as much as possible, use over-the-counter drugs, and change clothes frequently to avoid picking up airborne allergens.

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