Double whammy for allergy sufferers

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A double whammy is in our air now. Grass pollen and mold spore counts have been in the high range in recent days. Some who are allergic are avoiding their usual suffering. Doctors say you can, too.

Puddles may have you reflecting on all the rain, but look around the edges where there's dead vegetation. Mold grows on it. With our wet, warm, humid weather, mold is producing spores by the billions.

"These mold spores are gonna be released from the molds that are on dead vegetation, dying vegetation, people mowing grass, things like that," said Dr. Derrick Ward of Kansas City Allergy and Asthma.

And it just so happens that grass is releasing pollen now, creating a terrible twosome for allergy sufferers.

"Normally, I wouldn't be able to breathe out of my nose and my nose would be running," said Cameron Harrison.

But it's not. That's because Cameron started allergy shots back in January.

" I'm breathing totally normally. My nose is perfectly clear," he said.

It's one reason why Dr. Ward says serious sufferers should see an allergist. Many people can get enough relief from medications. The doctor says be diligent about taking them now and practice prevention.

"Keeping the house closed up. If you're coming in from being outside, make sure you take a shower, get all the mold spores out of your hair, get it off your body, same with the pollen," he said.

The allergist says if rains continue, many sufferers may not get their usual break this summer. High mold counts could stretch through July right into ragweed season. Those flourishing plants will have no problem releasing pollen in August.

There are alternatives to shots now for both ragweed and grass allergies -- pills to build immunity. But you need to start taking them at least three months before the season starts.