High pollen count brings uptick in eye allergies

CREATED Aug 21, 2014

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Wisconsin is in the heart of allergy season, and more people than usual seem to be complaining of itchy, red eyes.

Dr. Walter Brummund with Allergy and Asthma Centers in Wauwatosa said it is hard to explain the uptick, because everyone reacts to allergens differently. He said the increase may be because of different types of pollen in the air, like nettles and other molds.
“There are some nettles in the air, and that might be something a little different than usual,” Brummund said. “And the types of mold are slightly different each year, and it could be that these [molds] are slightly different this year as well.”
He added the ragweed and mold spore counts are particularly high in southeast Wisconsin right now.
Brummund said patients usually suffer until the middle of September, but cooler and rainy weather may help.
He recommended sufferers buy over-the-counter eye drops and antihistamines, but said rubbing your eyes will likely make it worse.