Harvest season causes extra pain for allergy sufferers

By Audrey Wise

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Harvest season is causing some extra pain for many seasonal allergy sufferers.

Farmers are taking to the fields lately kicking up a lot of dirt, dust and mold spores in the ground and on the plants

OSF pediatric allergy specialist Dr. Kenneth Arnett said it seems to be worse this year due to the extremely dry end to the summer.

"Mold spores are extremely small, they're even much smaller than the pollen grains so that they float in the air for miles. Even when you're living in town, you're still being effected by the harvesting that's going on 10, 15, 20 miles away from you," said Dr. Arnett.

The microbiologists at PDC Labs said relief is on the way in the coming weeks.

PDC Microbiology Manager Donna Clifford said, "The first freeze will always help and it needs to be a deep freeze and that will pretty much kill what's out there or make it dormant. We should be winding down by mid to late October."

Dr. Arnett said for many allergy sufferers, over the counter allergy medicines should help.

However, if you are experiencing more respiratory symptoms like coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath, he suggests you see you doctor.

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