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Allergies on the rise on First Coast after much rain

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fall is a great time to be outside, but all the recent rain has caused difficulty for those who suffer from allergies.

All the recent rain we have had has increased the mole spores in the area and grass and weed pollen counts are very high. People bothered by all this stuff are seeking relief.

Alice Saulsby suffers from allergies, but she went out for a walk at Riverside Memorial Park anyway, determined to enjoy the outdoors and suffer later.

"I was determined to not let it beat me but you can hear my voice kicking in when I walk," said Saulsby. "Sometimes I have headaches, eyes run, seems like I get congested, and my nose drains down into my chest.

Jim White has noticed the increased pollen in the air and showed up at the allergist office for his allergy shots.

"I get them about twice a week and they help a lot. You can really tell the difference."

This time of year, White has to stay inside a lot due to allergies and doesn't enjoy it one bit.

"It's rough because to me, it's one of the prettiest and nicest times of the year, coming into the cooler weather and all."

Allergy specialist Dr. Patrick DeMarco has been busy.

"It sort of hit us all at one time as opposed to being spread out through an entire season," said DeMarco. "We've been seeing more of a peak this year during the fall months related to the rainy season we've been having."

DeMarco recommends several things to do to control pollen.

-Keep house doors and windows shut at all times.

-Keep car windows shut and while riding in the car

-Keep the air conditioning on the recirculation mode to keep outside air out.

-Limit your time outdoors in the morning between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when pollen counts are highest. Keep track of local pollen counts at

-Also, shower when you come in from inside. Wash your hair well before going to bed to keep pollen out of your bed.

-Wash linens once per week. Be sure to wash pets regularly 1-2 times a week during the peak allergy seasons.

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