SAN ANTONIO -- The skies over San Antonio are a slightly different color. The haze is caused by African dust from the Saharan Desert.
Every Summer, strong winds in the Saharan Desert kick up and dust particles are carried 15,000 feet into the atmosphere and across the Atlantic. The dust likes to drop itself right over Texas.
The calls are coming in at Dilley Allergy & Asthma.
They're coughing and they got headaches, said Dr. Dennis Dilley. Their voice is gone, they have a sore throat.
Dilley said patients are listing a number of symptoms not necessarily consistent with allergies. He said the dust is very fine and can travel into the smallest part of someone's lungs.
So what I find is people are affected by it right away or there is a delayed affect, so maybe a day or two after the dust is gone before people feel the affects, Dilley said.
Peoplewith respiratory issues should avoid the outdoors. Asthmatics may find they're using their inhalers a lot more often, but for most ofus nothing will make the symptoms go away but time.
Dr. Joseph Elizondo at Texas MedClinic is also hearing patients complain abouta runny nose, itchy eyes and sore throat. Herecommends staying on allergy medication and rinsingyour eyes andface.
One of the things you can utilize is a Neti-Pot, which is basically a saline rinse. It clears away the passages,it takes the irritant offthe hair cells, he said.
TheTCEQ's website said African dust should continue across the eastern two-thirds of the state for Thursday. It expects only moderate levels of African dustwith minimal health concerns. In the western third of the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the Good range.