Allergy Season Starts Early

Allergy suffers take note: pollen counts are high and will climb higher.

Of course most people who have allergies already know that but how bad could allergy season be and how long will it last.

People who suffer from allergies know that there is a downside to the warm weather we are experiencing. The spring temperatures allow pollen to reach peak levels early in the season.

There is not much they can do to keep from the watery eyes and runny nose but there is more bad news. This is just the start of what will be a very long allergy season for most sufferers.

Like most people, Chris Gibson is excited about the warm weather and getting outside but he doesn't like what comes with the warm weather.

That's when his allergies kick in.

Chris Gibson says, "Lot of nasal pressure, lot of inflammation and a lot of drainage and runny nose. I am constantly blowing my nose which just makes your face raw."

Like many people, Gibson enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle but as an allergy sufferer he has to take some precautions or simply live with the symptoms.

Dr. Linda Ford says the medication prescribed by a doctor is a good first step.

Dr. Linda Ford says, "Rinsing out your nose with saline is very helpful to decrease the amount of pollen in your nose. Those things are very important so you can have a more pleasant springtime."

This year the pollen explosion has arrived three or four weeks early but that doesn't mean that relief will be a month ahead of schedule as well.

In fact, according to Dr. Ford, the high pollen count now means a potentially miserable spring and summer for many people with allergies.

Dr. Linda Ford says, "If you don't take your medications you'll have a long, hard suffering season but the biggest thing is decreasing that inflammation."

That will help keep symptoms to a minimum and let allergy sufferers enjoy as much of the outdoors as they want.

Dr. Ford did tell Channel 6 News about a disturbing trend; more people are developing allergies.

She says part of that may be because plants are getting larger and producing more pollen and the pollen produced is more potent.


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