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Allergy Symptoms on the Rise Because of Weather

Local allergy doctor said the dry weather makes allergy symptoms worse.

Dr. Voraphot Sathissarat, an allergist and immunologist at said he has not actually had his patients visit the office more often than normal. However, that does not mean that there are not more people experiencing fall allergy symptoms earlier than normal.

“Normally, in the fall, you get molds, ragweed and pollen that are the main cause(s) of allergies,” Sathissarat said. “With the weather dry like this, it makes people more uncomfortable with their allergies; (with) the hot and humid weather, allergy people tend to have more symptoms.”

Sathissarat’s patients at the facility are on an allergy treatment plan that is helping with their symptoms year-round. So, they do not experience the ups and downs of the season like the general public. The general public is sneezing, has watery eyes and itchy noses, much earlier than in most years.

On Monday, it rained in Joliet. This was after a long period with no rain. So, one would think that the mold count would be down. And, Sathissarat said it is. But, it fluctuates.

“It’s down, but with the rain, like today, after the rain stops, the sun shine on the ground and the mild count will go up.” Sathissarat said. “I think the weather itself that cause uncomfortable that make the symptoms get worse.”

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