Active pollen season hitting those with allergies hard

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by JANET ST. JAMES / WFAA

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Posted on April 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:26 AM

DALLAS - The allergy index read very high Monday, with the most active types of pollen maple, mulberry and oak.

This season so active in fact, the words pollen and allergy are among the top 10 trending topics on Twitter in several cities across the United States.

Much of North Texas is covered in a blanket of yellow pollen. However, many people don't know that it can complicate a number of other health conditions, with serious and sometimes deadly results.

After a hard night, three-year-old Joseph finally got some rest Monday afternoon.

"At night, he started just having a hard time breathing," said Carolina Bermudez, Joseph's mother. "He was struggling to breathe and I got concerned because that never happened before, so I'm thinking it's the weather."

Experts say seasonal allergies complicate a number of health conditions, including, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and reflux.

At Children's Medical Center, the asthma treatment room is packed, with a constant flow of children having trouble breathing.

It took six hours of treatment to get little Joseph breathing well enough to go home from the hospital.

If left untreated, asthma can be deadly no matter what the trigger.

When it comes to allergies, experts say it's best to start treatment before symptoms strike. So, if you're not already feeling the effects, start your medicines so you won't suffer later.

Those suffering from allergies can get free asthma screenings at various times throughout May. The program is sponsored by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Details about the screenings can be found by clicking here.

E-mail: jstjames@wfaa.com

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