Dry Summer Leads to Bad Fall Allergy Season
Posted at: 09/18/2012 5:18 PM
| Updated at: 09/18/2012 10:47 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
An area pharmacist said this fall has been worse for allergies because of dry weather and ragweed. John Gust, the owner of the Medicine Shoppe in Cloquet, said little rain has kept ragweed pollen in the air creating a bad environment for allergy sufferers.
“It's dusty, it's not getting washed out,” Gust said. “Allergens are out there. People are getting allergic reactions.”
Ragweed can be found pretty much everywhere in the Northland, including ditches and other overgrown areas. While ragweed is around every fall, people in Duluth said this year was worse than others.
“It's been pretty bad,” Tom Scherer, who suffers from allergies, said. “I've had burning headaches for three days in a row.”
“It's been difficult,” Lyle Foltz, who also has allergies, said. “It's been hot and dusty. Allergies have been a lot worse than in previous years i think.”
While this fall may have been harder for some, freezing temperatures in the forecast means relief is coming. An idea some are looking forward to.
“I thought, that's gonna be great to kill some of that bad stuff,” Foltz said.