The cold weather is bringing some area residents into doctor's offices early.
“We're here because both of my little girls have allergies. We're really not sure what it is but every time of year they have runny nose, puffy watery eyes.”
Kaylee's daughters aren't alone.
In fact, it's believed about 15 to 20 percent of people have seasonal allergies.
For many, symptoms start popping up with the flowers.
“As they bloom we know we're going to be busy.”
“The pollen gets in the nose and causes the immune system to go into overdrive a little bit.”
The unusually cold winter weather seen across the Wiregrass could be an indicator of things to come.
“What we're seeing is a prolonged cold front. There's a risk there that you'll have a lot of different species bloom at one time.”
“It's a little bit early but I think we'll see that first surge soon.”
But there are a few things you can do to limit your contact with pollen.
“Try to stay inside and change air filters.”
“if it's really high, stay indoors as much as you can. Get rid of the carpets if you can.”
If you can't prevent the symptoms, moms say before you see a doctor, try an over-the counter medicine.
“Zytec, Benadryl. Medicine is our best friend.”
With pollen levels expected to reach high levels in our area Thursday, those who suffer from allergies are holding their breath and hoping for a low-allergy spring.
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