Worse-than-normal fall allergies, mold to blame


MILWAUKEE – If you have more severe than normal fall allergies, you’re not alone. Dr John Basich says his office receives more people than normal in October.

The reason he says is the recent weather that has caused mold to grow. “Now we are reaching a peak because we also have the dead leaves and the dead material which is going to be recycled by the mold,” explains Basich.


Jean Basich

According to the daily pollen report from The Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center in Greenfield, mold levels are out of the ordinary. Normally around 7,700 for this date, today’s level was 11 times higher, at 88,397.

TMJ4 meteorologist Kristen Kirchhaine says the unusual weather is to blame for the mold growth. “As we moved towards October, it was unusually hot and unusually humid for this time of year, and the last five days in a row we’ve had at least some measurable rainfall,” Kirchhaine said.

Dr Basich says if people have severe allergy symptoms, they should see a doctor. Otherwise, he says over-the-counter antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, and Zyrtec should do the trick.

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