FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Dr. William Smits, Medical Director at The Allergy and Asthma Center, said Tuesday that this is a pretty typical year for allergens. Ragweed pollen peaked a little later this year, so within the last few weeks, allergy sufferers have likely seen an increase in their symptoms. Pollen levels are still being detected, but now mold levels are very high.
Smits says this weather pattern we are in will allow mold levels to stay high. Rain can help clear pollen from the air, so pollen levels are down now. However, the sunshine and warm air after the rain allows the mold levels to rise. Smits does not expect mold levels to decrease within the next week. He suggests taking over the counter allergy medication to get symptoms under control. If that doesn’t help you feel better, see a doctor. Untreated symptoms of allergies can turn into bronchitis or a sinus infection.