DAYTON – People with allergies may notice more symptoms right now as the summer begins to subside and new allergens start to appear, such as ragweed and mold.
“Ragweed is a weed related to the daisy, and its production peaks up to pollen,” said Dr. Thomas Huth of Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana.
Huth said our current weather conditions can trigger allergens.
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“It can be made worse by dry weather. This can dry out ragweed plants and release pollen in large quantities at this time of year, ”Huth said.
Storm Center 7 meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said mold was also high for most of the summer.
“Sometimes we’ve had a lot of rain, of course the humidity will promote mold growth, but when we go into prolonged periods of drought it triggers mold spores in the air, so it’s a combination really wet and dry periods that make the mold problem worse, ”Huth said.
And, it can continue to get worse throughout the fall season.
Huth said: “It grows on plants and as the leaves wither and die, it also releases a lot of mold into the air.”
He went on to say that people with allergies should see some relief when we see our first cold snap – that is, when temperatures drop below freezing for at least 24 hours.
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