ALLERGY HOTSPOT: Iowa One Of Worst For Pollen

Posted on: 6:08 pm, August 29, 2013, by , updated on: 06:18pm, August 29, 2013

The Weather Channel lists Des Moines and Council Bluffs as two of the nation’s ten most pollen-filled cities.

Rachael Renfrew loves her job because she helps people every day. But Rachel’s customers are rarely in as good a mood as she is. Renfrew says, “They`re miserable and you can see it.”

Lately this pharmacist has seen a lot of sniffles. Renfrew says, “They`ve blown their nose all day and been wiping and so you can definitely see that they`re not in a great position.”

She says this year`s fall allergy season is severe in size and symptoms. Renfrew says, “we have both those people never having allergies and then the people who have regular seasonal allergies, but never to the extent that they`re having them this year.”

Dr. Tara Federly says, “Lots of acute visits. Lots of itchy eyes itchy nose congestion. The ragweed is really starting to kick up and we`re seeing lots more patients.”

Experts say our hot weather helps by stunting the ragweed’s growth, the problem is the dry wind is still whipping around pollen.

Biology professor for Drake University Tom Rosburg says, “You know being very dry you know the pollen hasn`t washed out of the air for months really. So I guess for pollen that gets moved about by air currents then just kind of stays in the air and is able to be transported over greater distances.”

Renfrew says, “I think patients are so surprised by the allergies if they`ve never had them.”

Renfrew’s medicine won`t cure your allergies completely.  You may not see results right away. Renfrew says, “The key to allergy medicine often times is just finding the right one.

But once patients find one that works well, Renfrew says allergies can be a breeze.