Mild, wet summer means bad fall allergies

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WICHITA, Kan. — With an unusually cool and wet summer, some experts say allergies in the fall could be worse.

One of the problems is ragweed.

"We've had so much rain this summer it's growing really tall," said Hroticulturist Bob Neier with the Sedgwick County Extension Agency. "It will be pollinating and blowing around."

Usually ragweed plants are about five feet tall. This year they are seven to eight feet tall.

"In a couple of weeks when you tap this right here you'll have the pollen shedding out of it," said Neier. "If you are allergic to things, that will get you"

This large patch of ragweed is growing right in the heart of Wichita. This year because of the mild wet summer, ragweed is everywhere. Fall allergies are expected to be worse than usual. Something Richard Clover and Renate Huttig don't want to see.

"I'll be prepared. If it starts bothering me, I'll be headed to the drug store," said Wichita resident Richard Clover.

"Runny eyes, nose, congested, hard to breathe," said Huttig, who has been having allergy symptoms the last two seasons.

Pollens that are spread by the wind are usually the main cause of seasonal allergies. Neier says if you see ragweed, pull it or spray it.

"If the pollen is flat on the ground, it's not going to get to you," he said.


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