Allergy Season May Stretch into July

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

Local doctors say you don't have to look too far to find patients who suffer from allergies in the Wiregrass.

"We seemed to have an increase in allergies this year, starting as early as January," said AllSouth M.D., Dr. Beth Weaver.

"Because of the dramatic shifts in the humidity and the rain and the very quick onset of spring time we've been seeing a lot of people with runny noses and sneezing," said ENTCare Dr. Paul Motta.

They say weather is one of the driving forces.

"When the weather got warm enough for the pollen to come out, it came out like gang busters," added Motta.

And because of that doctors say allergy season may stretch into july.
If you do suffer there are ways you can avoid exposure.

"Stay in during the high pollen time, mid morning, early afternoon."

If you're not sure if you have a cold or allergies, although it still may be unclear, pay attention to your symptoms.

"A cold usually will last for only a few days and then slowly clear up, where allergy is more chronic it'll last for day after day after day," said Dr. Motta.

"You see more of the itching type of symptoms with the allergies," said Dr. Weaver.

Doctors say mold and peanut dust are also some of the biggest reasons for outdoor allergies.

If over the counter medicine doesn't help, you should see your local allergist for further testing

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