Warm temperatures are causing seasonal allergies to stick around longer

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 15, 2015)-- If you thought cooler temps would help cure your seasonable allergies, the mild December weather had another idea. Allergies are still lingering on, leaving many people suffering from symptoms they typically wouldn't have this time of year.

A local doctor helped us narrow down the culprit and it can be treated.

Coughing, sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes-- symptoms you usually say goodbye to in October. But not this year thanks to the many days we climbed toward 70 degrees in December. Local allergist say patients are flooding their office singing the late allergy blues.

"It's been fairly busy here recently. We've had a lot of patients who've had sinus infections, more nasal allergy symptoms, increase in asthma," said Dr. Douglas Horton with the Allergy Partners of Central Indiana.

But there's one main culprit that's still hanging around in the warmer weather: mold.

"It gets warm again the mold starts to grow. And when it gets colder and freezes and you get snow on the ground the mold counts go down very low. And people have been outside more so probably exposed to more mold," said Dr. Horton.

Most people tend to feel better when it gets cold and stays cold. But a confused mercury has caused problems for people who don't even have allergies like asthma, ear problems and nasal issues. But Dr. Horton says if you do have allergies try skipping the doctor first and try over the counter products. And if you still feel like horrible see a doctor.

"Then the procedure is to do allergy tests to try to exactly identify what they're allergic to so they can specifically avoid those things and sometimes we consider allergy injections to desensitize or make people less allergic to the things they're allergic to."

Pollen went out end of October. Now we have to beware on indoor allergies like dust and pet dander.