Tuesday, May 29, 2012
This year, Kansans are on high alert for seasonal allergies. One local doctor says she is already seeing more patients than usual.
Dr. Iram Sirajuddin is a pediatric and immunology physician at the KS School of Medicine in Wichita. She says the mild winter and early spring have created an atypical allergy season.
"Since the start of the year, I have seen a lot more than I expected to see sooner than I expected to see my patients," said Sirajuddin.
Eight-year-old Jalen Potts is looking forward to typical summer activities kids of swimming and visiting amusement parks. He doesn't want his allergies holding him back, so his mother Kandi Irving took him in to the doctor for help.
"Jalen's been dealing with it for several years, since he was 3 years old. This year's a little worse because of the weather," said Kandi Irving.
The Kansas weather makes allergies hard to avoid. Sirajuddin says the recent winds have been blowing up trouble for allergy sufferers.
"I have had a lot of patients come in with a lot of eye symptoms this year, I think, because of increased winds," said Sirajuddin. "We have had a lot of things blowing in the area and that has really affected eye symptoms with itchy, red, puffy eyes, a lot of stuffy, itchy and congested noses."
Sirajuddin says pollen counts have stayed high all spring. She advises patients to stick with their medicine, even when they don't feel symptoms. Otherwise, those symptoms will return.