We’re sneezing, coughing, and our waste baskets are overflowing with tissues. Allergy season has arrived early this year.
“We have had the warmest winter on record and when you have that you have pollen occurring at least a month earlier than usual—at least 2 to 4 weeks” said Mark Kalenian, M.D. at the Alabama Asthma & Allergy Clinic.
A warm winter, plus recent temperature changes, and big rain storms are the perfect equation for a terrible allergy season. In the Wiregrass, every car and building is covered in pollen
“Oak, elm, cedar, pecan… and right now oak and elm are blooming tremendously,” said Kalenian.
But be careful to not confuse allergies with the common cold. Typically, with allergies you won't have a fever
“Basically congestion is the worst symptom, but you can also get runny nose, itching and sneezing,” said Kalenian.
Pollen is the worst from 5AM to 10AM and then around dusk. Dr. Kalenian says the best medication is avoidance. If you will be out and about during peak hours, doctors recommend trying a nasal spray 10 minutes before going outside. Use over-the-counter medications first. If they don’t seem to do the trick, see your doctor for a prescription or allergy shot.
Alabama Asthma & Allergy Clinic:
520 John D Odom Road, Dothan, AL