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Allergists in Quincy seeing 15 percent increase in patients this fall

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Have you been sneezing, coughing, and blowing your nose a lot more this fall?

Allergists in Quincy say they've seen a 15 percent increase in patients this year, and it's not over yet.

Dr. Gary Carpenter with Quincy Medical Group says the two major causes of fall allergies are weed pollen and mold.

Weed pollen levels peaked the second week of September, but the mold peak could still be to come as tree leaves fall and decompose.

"People start opening their windows because the nights are now cool, and they say 'ah, I'll get some fresh air'. Well that fresh air has got all that weed and mold pollen. And so often it's opening the windows that triggers the symptoms," said Dr. Carpenter.

If you're suffering from allergy symptoms, Dr. Carpenter recommends getting over the counter histamine drugs like Allegra or Zyrtec.

Carpenter says most outdoor allergies should subside after the first hard frost.

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