Wetter Winters May Mean more Sneezes

By: Meredith TerHaar Email
By: Meredith TerHaar Email

It looks like many of us will go from snow blowing to blowing our noses. Our wet winter is setting the stage for a potentially bad allergy season.

Doctors say lots of moisture usually means more pollen.

"We're a little worried that maybe it might be a bad allergy season, only because we had a lot of precipitation over the winter. And when you have a lot of precipitation, obviously, you have more water in the soil and plants can grow better. So, you get more plants, equals more pollen," Dr. Rachel Szekely said.

Dr. Szekely says some people are already feeling the effects. They're coming in complaining of itchy watery eyes, runny noses, and of course, sneezing. She says your best defense is to start taking your allergy medication now- even if there's still snow on the ground.

It's important to get out in front of your symptoms because once they get really bad, they become difficult to control.

You should also keep in mind that pollen is worst at dusk and dawn.

Dr. Szekely says as the weather warms up, rain will help wash some of the pollen away, but it will also bring about another concern.

"The people with pollen allergies usually get better when it rains or the ground is damp," Szekely said. "However, people who have mold allergy have a problem with that because the mold spores are in the air."

Dr. Szekely adds that keeping your windows closed and running the air conditioning, even on days that aren't so hot, can help keep allergens at bay. You can also try rinsing off your shoes and taking a quick shower after being outside to keep pollen from lingering inside your home.

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