Getting the heads up on spring allergies

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Cary Allen has explained from the forecast center that our winter drought and hard dry soil are reasons for temperatures soaring up to 90 degrees on Friday.

Another problem that comes from a hot, dry, windy March, we will see more pollen in the air and likewise more allergies at home.

Dr. Suzanne Beck is a Lubbock Allergist and Medical Director of the Allergy and Asthma Clinic of West Texas. She says if you're one to suffer, remember that pollens are worse in the morning and in the evening, with less exposure in the afternoon.

She says now is the time to be proactive: "It's actually been shown scientifically that if they start their preventative, inter-nasal steroids about two weeks prior to the start of the season, they're going to have a better long-term outcome."

She says it's important when you come inside to rinse off, take a shower, and get out of those clothes that have the pollen on them. That will bring less indoor allergens, because you won't be bringing the outdoor allergens inside.

Dr. Beck says allergies are so common in West Texas that she believes six out of 10 people here struggle, and since a lot of it is inherited, she says you can assume that if your parents suffered, you probably will too at some point.

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