In this week’s column by UTMB’s Dr. Victor S. Sierpina: I have noticed that many people, myself included, who never had allergies before Ike, seem to now have developed them. This is sometimes a surprise to folks so afflicted. My take is that the intense exposure many of us in the Galveston County area had to molds and other inhaled allergens overwhelmed our immune systems to some extent. This set us up for allergies even though we never had them before.