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It's being called one of the worst summers for allergies. If not you, there's a good chance you know someone struggling with symptoms this season, and it turns out, the weather is to blame.

Gladys Nesbitt suffers from allergies.

“It’s just been raining so much it’s just hard to keep up the fight against the allergies,” she said.

Nesbitt says it seems like her allergies get worse when it rains.

“They’re pretty bad, like when I go outside and cut the grass. I have to take an allergy pill or else I’ll start sneezing and my eyes start itching.”

All the rain is helping the grass grow, but in turn, there’s a lot of grass pollen. It’s just one of the problems this summer, according to doctors.

“We also see a lot more mold because of the dampness. So in dry summers there’s very little mold in the air. This year, there’s a lot of mold out there,” said Dr. James Harris, an allergist at the South Bend Clinic.

Dr. Harris says his office has been very busy.

“A lot of allergy problems. A lot of people calling. A lot of issues this year with the weather and the pollen.”

Common symptoms for these kinds of allergies are stuffy and runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. But there’s not too much people can do to prevent it.

“The problem with pollen and mold is it blows for up to 50 miles. So, the things you do around your house and home like cutting trees or the grass don't really have much of an impact on your symptoms overall,” said Dr. Harris.

But there are some options.

The doctor says staying inside as much as possible helps, but he understands that’s not always desirable.

"So, if you know you're going to have trouble taking an antihistamine before you go outside or even on a daily basis can help prevent a lot of the problems that we see,” he said.

The typical weed pollen season goes from June to September.

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Posted on July 17, 2015