Pollen and humidity can prompt allergies or worse

Many are now wondering why seemingly seasonal health issues are springing up prior to flu season.

Some people are facing severe allergies and even asthma this season due to the increase in pollen and humidity.

If you have taken over the counter medications and they are not clearing up the problem, it's probably time to see your doctor.

Leaving the problem for too long could lead to developing a bacterial infection, and even pneumonia.

The symptoms of these are things such as constant coughing, which is similar to what you may experience with allergies, but you may also develop a fever and the chills.

"If you've been coughing for a week, in spite of taking over the counter medications, and it hasn't gotten better I would suggest seeing a health care provider to make sure that it's not anything more serious than just an allergy," Dr. Arvun Abueg MD with the Hannibal Regional Medical Center said.

Flu season typically begins around October, and Dr. Abueg does advise you to be vaccinated with a flu shot.

Story by KHQA Multimedia Journalist Lauren Kalil.