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As temperatures heat up, so do allergies

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According to pollen.com the allergy forecast for Kentuckiana is at one of the highest levels. According to pollen.com the allergy forecast for Kentuckiana is at one of the highest levels.
Kelsey Cole Kelsey Cole
Brittany Holloway Brittany Holloway
Dr. Jenny Gentner Dr. Jenny Gentner

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – When the weather turns warmer just about everyone is thrilled, that is until allergies set in. If you aren't suffering, you probably know someone who is.

According to a study from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, Louisville ranks as the worst city to live in if you have allergies. The study looks at average pollen score, the amount of medicine used per patient and the number of allergists.

The sound of spring was in the air at the Louisville Bats Game Wednesday, but if you listened closely you'd find baseballs weren't the only thing flying around.

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"Sniffing and sneezing and coughing," said Kelsey Cole who suffers from allergies. "It's all around."

Allergy season is back and stronger than usual. "I'm currently suffering right now," said Brittany Holloway. "I saw that the tree pollen is like super high right now and everyone I talk to is talking about itching eyes and their throat is hurting."

According to pollen.com the allergy forecast for Kentuckiana is at one of the highest levels. "It's just something you got to deal with living here," said Cole.

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Inside Allergy Care Dr. Jenny Gentner has been busy.

The biggest complaint is itchy eyes. Dr. Gentner said the harsh winter delayed the onset of the pollen season and compressed it into fewer weeks, which is why tree pollen counts are so high.

"Pollen dispersal is typically worse when it is windy, warm, and sunny and as you know we've had several days here recently that are just like that," said Gentner.

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When the heat goes up the air quality can go down. The best remedy? "Testing can define what you are allergic to so you don't have to go out there and try to practice environmental control to everything which can be very, very difficult," said Gentner.

Otherwise over the counter medications may be all that's left to stop what can be intense spring time misery.

There are some easy steps you can take at home to try to prevent allergies. Keep all doors and windows closed, even on the really nice days.

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Make sure you vacuum and dust at least once a week. You can also put allergy pillows and a mattress cover on your bed.

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