High Pollen Count Leads to Early Start of Allergy Season
North Carolina saw a mild winter, but people in the state are paying for it now with an early start to allergy season. However, there are ways to get some relief.Posted — Updated
For millions of allergery sufferers in the United States, spring blossoms are picture perfect, but some people see them as perfectly dreadful.
"Watery eyes, sneezing, nose stopped up all the time. (My) head aches," said Ohmar Dunn, of Raleigh.
Dunn said he just wants relief.
The pine pollen on cars and in ponds is a sign of more troublesome pollens like hickory and oak. More than half of spring allergy sufferers respond well to over-the-counter medications like Benadryl and Claritin or the prescription medications such as Allegra, Zyrtec and Clarinex.
Health experts said it is important to treat the symptoms early or you may be at risk of developing complications like sinusitis, skin disorders or even asthma. There are also practical things you can do such as rolling up car windows and not venturing outdoors until after 10:00 a.m. when pollen counts begin drop.
Some allergy medications may raise blood pressure or cause drowsiness, so before taking any medication to relieve allergy symptoms, check with your pharmacist or primary care physician. If over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications do not help, you should see an allergy specialist.
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