Rough year for allergies

People who have an allergy to pollen have had it rough this year in Texoma.  But a Lawton doctor says it's the worst year he's ever seen.  Over the past two weeks, Dr. David Maury says the pollen count has either been in the 'high' or 'alert' category and chances are that most people are feeling it in one way or another:  stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and lots and lots of sneezing.

Ragweed, doctors say, is causing the worst problems right now for allergy sufferers.  It's causing pollen counts to rise nearly five times over the alert threshold.

Dr. Maury is asked every year if this year is worse than normal.  "I've always said, 'no this is a typical year,' except for this year.  This year I think is worse," he said.  He's basing this on the surge of new patients who are showing up in his office and the severity of their symptoms.  They might think they have a respiratory, ear or eye infection.   "They're quite surprised when I tell them this most likely due to allergies. Their usual response is, 'well, I've never had allergies before'," he says.

For most pollen allergies, the common over the counter medicines will bring relief to most people.  But, sometimes, Dr. Maury has to take an even more aggressive approach, including prescription drugs and shots.    

Pollen allergies usually don't begin to dissipate until around the end of October and first of November.