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Plentiful rain, warm temps equal pesky allergies

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If you're spending the summer sniffling and sneezing, you're not alone. Some residents in Middle Tennessee aren't getting a break from the seasonal allergies.

Sam Scruggs will be a senior at Brentwood Academy when school resumes in a few weeks. In the mean time, he's staying busy this summer.

Scruggs is often outside amongst the potent pollen. He's been dealing with a runny nose and watery eyes for awhile.

"Because I'm cutting grass, it kicks up pollen and ragweed. That's what irritates it," said Scruggs.

He said his seasonal allergies often last into the summer. This year he may not be suffering alone.

Dr. Christopher Wells at American Family Care said he sees five to 10 people a day looking for allergy relief.

"We've seen a greater number of people coming in with allergy-related complaints. It's related to longer summers and the extended heat we've had here in Middle Tennessee," said Wells.

The public often thinks that the rain washes down the pollen. It may give a brief respite, but doctors say this year's plentiful rains means plants are growing even more, dispersing more pollen than usual.

Aside from an antihistamine, here are a few ideas Wells suggests to do daily for allergy relief:

  • Keep your windows closed
  • Run your air conditioning more often
  • Change the air filters in your house regularly
  • Shower when you get home to wash off the pollen

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