Springtime Allergies

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Spring officially kicked off this past Wednesday and with that nice weather, of course comes lots of pollen.

In fact, local doctors are predicting a more difficult allergy season this year because of our recent moderate winter and doctors are already seeing an increase in patients.

Carlene Kitchens is an allergy sufferer. She says, "You're breathing and [your] nose [is] running and your head [hurts] and now it's really bad."

These are the symptoms local doctors are hearing from many of their patients. Allergy season is in full swing and doctors are pointing their fingers to the many pine trees in the area as the culprit.

Dr. Paul Motta, and Allergist with ENT Care in Dothan says, "Because of the pollen that's exploded, almost like fog and that's the pollen that comes out of warmer weather."

Local residents are dealing with their allergies in a variety of ways. "I stay inside when the pollen is like this," Shirley Chester says. "I went to the ENT in Enterprise and he put me on allergy pills."

Doctors say over the counter medications can help most allergy sufferers, but of course antibiotics and allergy shots are needed in more severe cases. To help prevent your allergies from getting too bad there are a few tips to keep in mind.

Juanita Chevallier says, when, "The weather is cool, you may want to open your windows and let the air in, but that is a no, no because it lets the pollen come indoors."

Doctors also say it may help to wear sunglasses outside and wear a mask if you have to cut grass during this peak allergy season.

There is some good news for allergy sufferers: many prescription allergy medications are now available over the counter, which means they are easier to get and of course are less expensive.

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