Two things making pollen worse: warmer temps, wet/dry weather
COLUMBUS, OHIO —
The beautiful flowers trees make look nice this time of year but they sure do cause a lot of misery if you have tree pollen allergies.
"Sneezing, coughing, itchy nose, scratchy throat." Lori Hammond has been suffering from allergies for ten years. Every morning she says she feels pretty sick from her allergies especially in the Spring. Dr. Kara Wada at OSU says patients this year have it really bad this year since the season got an early start in the mild, record breaking February we had. "Sometimes we do have to use additional medications, and also look to allergy Immunotherapy." said Dr. Wada.
The allergy season is now a lot longer and this current one could last ten months. Current weather and even this weekend's wet-dry weather could make things even worse.
"That rain and dry cycle will actually break up the pollen so they become more air bound so they can travel for many miles actually up to hundreds of miles through the air." Of course, if you can't stand your allergies, see an allergist and there could be a few different options. Lori Hammond takes a daily antihistamine and an allergy drop that is prescribed. It has turned out to be a winning combination. "Even people I work with said you're not rattling as bad this year I mean it's been noticeably different."