Fall allergy season gets an early start this year

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 5:31 PM

FORT WORTH -- It's an early start for allergy season. Doctors started seeing patients after the first cooler weather hit in late August.

It's been non-stop since then.

"I've been outside," Larry Carter said. "I'm a yard person, and being out there with the leaves and the grass and all that, and it's miserable."

Carter made an appointment at the Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Fort Worth before it got too bad.

Allergist Dr. James Haden says that's smart.

"All of the medications that we have, both over the counter and prescription, work better to prevent severe symptoms from occurring, as opposed to try to rescue from those symptoms when you already have them," Dr. Haden said.

Haden said those who haven't started taking allergy medication should now to avert an allergy or asthma attack. He also cautioned seasonal allergy sufferers to resist opening their windows during nice weather to save on electricity.

"Once it's inside, every time you sweep, every time you vacuum, every time you move things around, the pollen gets stirred back up," Dr. Haden said. "And it can persist inside for months and months."

Larry Carter started new medications before ragweed hit hard, and is happy to be misery free.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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