Early Allergy Season

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

Warm weather and lack of rain are making for an early and tough allergy season. Spring might be in the air, but so are allergens like cedar, maple and pine.

According to the Medical Center's Director of Pharmacy Malinda Joyce, allergy season is always bad in the south where a long growing season and a high number of trees and grasses don't die in the milder winters.

Joyce said just like this spring, the past few springs have "sprung" early too.

"I think maybe we should expect our spring time and allergies to be earlier than what we've seen in the past."

Joyce suggest that the best way to handle allergy season is to be prepared by taking your medicine sooner. This bit of information can be helpful when doctors and researchers are predicting a longer allergy season than normal this year.

If you find yourself dodging the outdoors but don't usually suffer from the spring sniffles and sneezes, Joyce suggests talking to your doctor or pharmacist about over-the-counter products. But, she warns, many of the over-the-counter drugs can cause drowsiness.

"If you haven't taken them before you want to make sure you know how it's going to affect you. Know it's going to make you too sleepy if your driving," Joyce said.

Some other activities to stay away from while suffering allergies are mowing the lawn or being outdoors near a heavily wooded area. According to doctors, you're safe from an allergy attack inside your home as long as you don't open the windows. Instead use your
AC continuously, which is an expensive suggestion, but one that could keep you from sneezing away the spring.

image courtesy of www.pollen.com

Extra Information on Pollen Counts
Pollen Counts are measurements taken of the amount of pollen particles in a cubic meter of air.

  • 0 - 30 is low
  • 31 - 60 is moderate
  • 61- 120 is high
  • Anything above 120 is extremely high

  • Pollen counts, which experts admit are not exact in nature, reflect the amount of pollen from the previous 24 hours. Experts with the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic also note that rainfall can skew results of the count.

    To learn more about allergies visit www.pollen.com or www.aaaai.org.

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