Bad spring allergy season?

Updated: 03/20/2014 5:54 PM
Created: 03/20/2014 3:57 PM WHEC.com
By: Janet Lomax

It is officially the first day of spring and as we welcome the new season with open arms, a lot of us will have to wrap our arms around allergy season.

Our area suffered through a long, cold winter. We welcomed Spring Thursday with snow and rain showers. Some experts say the weather could lead to a bad spring allergy season.

Dr. Theresa Bingemann is an allergist with Rochester General Health Systems. She says about 30 to 40 percent of the population has problems with allergies and this is the time of year when they start showing up.

Dr. Bingemann said, “Typically, in Rochester, every other year other than the two years I've lived here, the tree pollens come up last week in March and that has really been the beginning of things getting pretty poor.”

While we all withered under the winter weather, the doctor says it actually helped the weeds and allergens flourish, which is not good news for patients like Nancy O’Brien. 

Nancy O'Brien, patient, said, “There’s a lot of mold and ice and that stuff has been frozen and it’s going to unfreeze, I mean I'm thinking I'm probably going to have more trouble.”

The classic symptoms of allergies are congestion, postal nasal drip, itchy red or swollen eyes, sneezing, and hoarseness. What can you do if you have allergies? Doctors say the first line of defense is avoidance. They say try to stay indoors as much as possible. If you do go out, shower when you come back in. Also, keep windows closed and use an over-the-counter antihistamine. If that doesn’t work, see your doctor.

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