BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Sunday's windy weather kicked up more than just dust.
Many people are suffering from allergies as a result.
Allergist Dr. Patrick Leung said his patients are reporting the same symptoms.
"A lot of allergy symptoms. Sneezing, watery eyes, wheezing shortness of breath," said Leung.
While allergies are the main culprit, particles blown by the wind can also cause hay fever and the potentially fatal valley fever.
The Centers For Disease Control Kern County has seen the sharpest spike in cases.
Local reports show a four fold increase over recent years due to lack of water and windy weather.
Statewide, valley fever cases jumped from 700 in 1998 to more than 5,500 in 2011.
While there's nothing you can do about the wind, there are things you can do to protect yourself.
"Get inside if possible. If you're driving around, put your ventilation on re-circulate rather than bringing in air from outside that's full of dust and don't do a lot of strenuous activities," said Kern County Public Health Dr. Claudia Jonah.
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