COLLEGE STATION, Texas — If you're having a miserable time outdoors because of your watery eyes or itchy nose, you could be one of the many people in this world who suffer from allergies. CHI St. Joseph Health Clinically Integrated Network's allergy physician Andrew de Jong says almost 40% of all human beings have allergy symptoms.

"W're blessed in the Brazos Valley to have something we're allergic to all year-round. Very common in Brazos Valley here are going to be trees, grasses, weed, mold, those are very common; and then everywhere... will be dust, dust-mites, and things like that," said de Jong.

Allergies are specific to each individual and symptoms will also vary from person to person.

"Sometimes it can act like a common cold, you can have the classic itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, itchy palette, or you can have a cough, post nasal drip, even sometimes skin manifestations; a rash, or little bumps or redness or things like that, and so it can be all over, the process all over the place in terms of symptoms," said de Jong.

There is no specific peak season for allergies, according to de Jong, but instead it really depends on what one is allergic to.

"Listen to your body and then kind of understand what's going on. There's some great information, apps are available and stuff to tell you what the pollen count and stuff are, and things like that can be really helpful to see 'hey, I'm having problems, why?' and what's going on in your environment," said de Jong.

The top allergy problems people in the Brazos Valley face are animals, tree pollen, grass, and mold.


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