Seasonal Allergies Worse Than Last Year

By Kristin Martin | 

"I feel really groggy. I have a stuffy nose a lot. A lot of times I have to prop myself up when I sleep, because if not, then I'll wake up and I'll just have a lot of drainage," said Ali Osterman, who suffers from allergies.

If those symptoms sound familiar, you aren't alone. Pharmacists are saying this season, allergies are worse than they were this time last year.

"They're usually not that bad, but from the weather change back and forth, it's been pretty rapid. I've had a lot of sinus infections. I know several people that have struggled with the same issue and it's not clearing up. We'll have a cold day or a hot day then it'll come right back," Osterman said.

"We've had a lot of seasonal allergies progressing into sinus infections here lately. Which you may know, we're in the allergy belt of the U.S. here in the Missouri Valley, so we see a lot of this kind of stuff, especially this time of year," said Shaun Curtis, a pharmacist at Sheldon's Express Pharmacy in Bowling Green.

Ragweed, elm and some grasses are the recent culprits. This year's wet weather has made it even worse.

"If we could get some more cool weather, I think that it would help," Curtis said.

However, there are some things you can do to beat the symptoms.

"A lot of the prescription medications have recently, within the last couple years, gone to over the counter, so they're pretty effective. I really think irrigating the nasal passage with saline and that kind of thing can really make a big difference and is very safe to use," Curtis said.

He also said it's important to treat the symptoms early -- before more problems develop.

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