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Achoo: It is the Sneezin' Season

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans are grabbing their handkerchiefs and wiping their noses as they sneeze and wheeze into another congested hay fever season.

Heavy rainfall this spring and generally mild summer temperatures have made much of Oklahoma fertile ground for weeds and other plants that produce allergens. Medical professionals say that could force an early start to the allergy season and threatens to make people unusually stuffed-up.

Board certified allergist Dr. Warren Filley at the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Oklahoma City says the upcoming season is shaping up to be a bad one. A pollen- and mold-counting station the clinic maintains for the National Allergy Bureau indicates allergens from grass, weeds and mold are in the medium-high range and are forecast to rise during the first week of September.