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Forecast Flip-Flop Causes Allergy Flare-Up

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-- Many are thankful to feel 60 degrees and to see blue skies. However, after dealing with negative degrees for days, your body might be feeling the aftermath of the ever-changing forecast.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-- Many are thankful to feel 60 degrees and to see blue skies... but after dealing with negative degrees for days, your body might be feeling the aftermath of the ever-changing forecast.

"Allergy symptoms are runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, and sinus pressure and congestion, even a headache," Merrigan said.

With the fluctuating forecast in Northwest Arkansas, 'tis the season for allergy flare-ups.

"Allergies can start in the fall and go through early spring, but they change with the seasons," Merrigan said.

Nurse practitioner at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Megan Merrigan, says the winter weather keeps windows shut, trapping the common cause for your cough.

Merrigan said, "In the winter, indoor allergies can increase up to 10 fold because we just don't have the windows open and we're not in and out of the house."

She suggests getting on top of the symptoms, because if you leave the sniffles untreated "it could develop into a secondary bacterial infection or an ear infection," Merrigan said.

However with a brief break from the chill, now's the perfect time to filter out.

Merrigan said, "this warm weather is a great opportunity to open the windows to get outside. Absolutely air out your house. It can help your kids and you a lot."

She also suggested washing your bedding in warm water, and sleeping in a separate room from your pets. Also, a dehumidifier might be a good investment because it can help with mold and dust mites.


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