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Dr. William Howland Predicts Fall Allergy Season for Austin, Texas

Mold allergies should worsen, while ragweed and pigweed lessen, says Austin allergist Dr. William Howland.

Austin, TX, September 29, 2011 --( Dr. William Howland, among the most respected allergy specialists in “The Allergy Capital of the World,” predicts a mild fall for ragweed and pigweed allergy sufferers in Austin. A dry summer, Dr. Howland says, has resulted in less pollination from these plants, traditionally the heaviest issue with fall allergies in Austin.

But, while months of dryness have given ragweed and pigweed sufferers some relief, Dr. William Howland points out that wildfires have resulted from the lack of rain, and with wildfires come new allergy problems. The fires can cause eye irritation and scratchy throats, particularly among those with asthma and COPD. The biggest danger, Dr. William Howland says, is that particles from the fire can penetrate deep into the lungs of those who are most sensitive, especially the elderly, and cause irritation that goes beyond uncomfortable.

Dr. William Howland advises those most sensitive to sinus and bronchial problems to stay indoors as much as possible when smoke particles or ozone levels are high. Allergy masks can be worn for those who need to be outdoors for extended lengths of time, Dr. William Howland says, but regular masks will likely not catch these particles, which can be very small. Dr. William Howland recommends the 3M P100 mask for those who are the most sensitive.

Dr. William Howland also expects that molds will be especially high this fall in Austin, especially Alternaria, which feeds on dry vegetation, now in abundance in Austin. Dr. William Howland points out that high mold spore counts usually prompt a spike in asthma-related emergency room visits.

Dr. William Howland urges allergy sufferers to stay on their regular medication schedule, especially children and the elderly. Dr. William Howland has found that some over-the-counter medications, like Claritin or Allegra and saline sprays, can help alleviate allergy symptoms when a variety of elements come together like this. If over-the-counter remedies don’t help, Dr. William Howland says, a visit to an allergy specialist can help bring much-needed relief.

An Austin native, Dr. William Howland suffered from allergies for years before finally finding relief. “I grew up here and suffered from allergy and asthma when there were many fewer medicines and treatment options,” Dr. William Howland says. “It is gratifying to be able to improve a patient’s health and quality of life with all the new procedures and medicines now available.”

With board certifications in Allergy and Immunology and Internal Medicine, Dr. William Howland specializes in asthma and Cedar Fever, a condition that manifests in Austin every December and January. Dr. William Howland is a respected speaker, with his advice featured as a regular segment called “Allergy Tuesday” on KVUE-TV. His office, the Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin, is located on North Mopac Expressway. The Allergy and Asthma Center is a full-service allergy and asthma treatment practice, providing testing as well as injections for those with more severe asthma. The facility’s injection center has special Saturday hours for patients who need regular injections.

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