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Flu and Allergies: The Perfect Health Storm

Fred Bodimer, KMOX Health Editor
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St.LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Add seasonal allergies to a peaking flu season, and you have the potential for a serious health problem.

“We’re having a slightly odd year this year, when it comes to flu and allergies, there are a couple of things going on that seem to be creating a perfect storm,” said St. Louis University Care pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

Haller said if you suffer from an allergy and then get the flu on top of that, its double the dose of mucus and more congestion and that can lead to sinus infections, ear infections and pneumonia:

“Because all those small passages in the nose, throat and ears and down in the lungs, which should be open allowing air and fluids to work their way toward our throat, where we swallow all the bad stuff and  destroy it, that stuff is not able to move  and it just stays in one place.”

Haller’s advice is simple. If you have allergies, stay away from those triggers and see your doctor about starting your allergy meds early. And if you haven’t had your flu shot yet, he says it’s still not too late.

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