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Health Department: Be Aware of Spring and Summer Allergens

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Allergists and national health agency officials are saying that the 2013 spring and summer allergy season could be particularly lengthy and severe.

Officials with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology say increased temperatures throughout the country will cause certain trees, grasses and weeds to produce more pollen for longer periods of time this spring and summer.

Trina Soper, the nursing supervisor with the Casper-Natrona County Public Health Department, says allergy sufferers need to be aware of their surroundings.

“Schedule your day so you’re not out first thing in the morning when the pollen is the worst, drive with your windows closed in your car, keep your house windows shut if you can and don’t run your air conditioner or swamp cooler during the highest pollen counts,” Soper said.

Soper says it may be necessary for some individuals to seek further treatment.

“If you’re really having a difficult time with it, and if it’s really disrupting your life, you really need to see a doctor and maybe an allergist,” Soper said.

Currently, medium-high pollen levels are being reported throughout much of Wyoming. Medium pollen levels are being reported in southeastern and central portions of the state.

Officials say the 2013 allergy season could extend through July.

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