Friday, May 13, 2011
Allergy Sufferers Hit With Double Dose Of Pollen
EXPLAINS SO MUCH!!! I'm literally dying of allergies right now. and i have been for probably the last month or so. its really driving me insane, itchy eyes, running nose at least now there is an explanation.
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Spring is in the air, and while that means warmer weather, it also means the itchy eyes and runny noses that come with allergy season.
Doctors in New Hampshire said this is one of the worst allergy seasons in years. Allergy sufferers said they can tell.
"I'll be sneezing and sneezing and sneezing, running and running and running, and then once it all passed, it will stop," said Bernadette Sabatino, of Derry.
The problem this year is that the late spring delayed tree pollen season, which is now happening at the same time as grass pollen season.
"People are being hit with a double whammy of pollen right now, and they are really suffering out there," said Dr. Thomas Johnson, allergy specialist.
Allergists said that when the sneezing starts, the best thing to do is see your doctor. Over-the-counter remedies are available, but it's important to remember they can be dangerous if not taken properly.
"People can actually take a Benadryl, thinking it's innocuous, and have a reaction to it that impairs judgment," Johnson said.
Another way to reduce allergy symptoms comes naturally with the warm weather: Hit the beach.
"The pollen counts are much lower at the beach," Johnson said. "There's nothing generating pollen at the ocean."
Relief isn't too far off. Johnson said the pollen should die down over the next few weeks.