High winds blew through Kern County today with gusts of up to 45 miles per hour, making it harder to breathe for those with allergies. Experts say there is one easy way to determine if you have allergies or something else.
"If they have itching in the eyes, the nose or the throat, they should know that it's allergies that's triggering their systems," said Paula Ardron an allergist at Kaiser Permanente.
To help lower your reaction to the dust and pollen kicked up by the high winds, its best to stay inside and take your medication regularly.
The winds also cause problems for those who suffer with asthma and could potentially mean more cases of valley fever. Although valley fever has similar symptoms to the flu, there are other signs you can look for.
“Some people actually have their effects in the skin so they can get lesions on the legs that are quite painful,” said Ardron.
Ardon says the best way to fight your allergies during the wind is to take your medication consistently even on the days you aren't feeling the symptoms because some medications take seven to 10 days to kick in.