Early start for allergies

Posted at: 05/08/2013 5:52 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

Signs of spring are everywhere, but with all the trees and flowers blooming comes a whole lot of pollen. And with all that pollen comes a whole lot of sneezing.

Specialists say the allergy season is already here. It's about two weeks early and doctors are already getting flooded with calls for relief. But why is this happening so soon?  
Dr. Mathew Devine says the season has already bloomed, catching many people in our area off guard.

Dr. Mathew Devine, Highland Family Medicine, said, “People kept coming in and saying, 'What's wrong? Do I have the flu? Is the flu still out there?' No, actually it's allergies and the season has started a little earlier.”

He blames the late winter rainy season that was followed by warm temperatures.

Dr. Devine said, “The roots of all the trees have had enough water from the rain and they've kind of bloomed and blossomed and have gone out of control.”

An early start doesn't necessarily mean an early end.  Allergy season usually ends mid-May to early June. But specialists predict this year it will end in October.

Bad news for people who have to brave the outdoors.

Andrew Dill said, “Yeah it is tough, it is tough from time to time, but you just got to push through it though. I do take Claritin for allergies though so that's good.”

Andrew Dill's business, “Dillicious on the Grill”, relies on the weather. The allergies do bug him, but when it comes to making a living, he can only hope October will come fast.

Dill said, “I don't know. Hopefully, I'll get accustomed to it and push through. Not much you can do when you're outside. You just have to get used to it and pray for the best I guess.”

If you are experience intense symptoms, doctors recommend keeping your windows closed and wearing sunglasses. Also, remove your shoes and clothing as soon as you walk into your house. Doctors say a lot of pollen can be dragged into your home that way. Also, it usually takes a few hours for the medicine to work, so taking it before bedtime can help you wake up without symptoms.

It is also important to keep up with the pollen count.  There is an app you can download to keep up with the pollen count.

Since the Rochester area is expecting rain within the next few days, the humidity will bring down the pollen levels. But the levels will rise again, so it is recommended to see a specialist to find out what it is that you're allergic to.

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