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3/27/08-Tyler

East Texas Allergy Sufferers Beware

Take one step outside, and you're instantly surrounded by spring.  "We just took the afternoon off to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, and the azaleas here," said Barry Lacey.

Flowers are blooming and the grass is greener, but spring isn't the only thing in the air.   "We have a big black Labrador," said Ann Smith.  "She'll go outside and just lay on the ground and she'll come in and she's just totally yellow from the pollen."  And so is everything else.  Bame it on an East Texas staple--all those pine trees, and a little oak pollen in the mix, as well.  90 grains per cubic meter is normally considered a high pollen count.  Thursday in East Texas, that number reached 885 grains per cubic meter. 

And East Texans are feeling it.  "You're eyes itch all the time, and I work out in the yard," said Smith.

Dr. Benoit Tano with the University Health Center in Tyler said before you head outside, it's good to know your allergy-line of defense.  "What causes the immediate problem is the hystamine release," he said.  "That histamine release, if you don't block it somehow, is going to cause much of the problems for you--itching, itchy eyes, itchy nose, itchy throat, runny nose, sneezing."

Tano said over the counter antihistamines like Zyrtec, Claritin, and Benadryl work best if you absolutely have to go outside.  And for some, staying indoors when the weather outside is so pleasant--allergies or none--is non-negotiable. 

Layron Livingston, Reporting llivingston@kltv.com

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