What Comes With Pollen? Allergies!

If you've been outside lately, you may have noticed a yellow powder on your car, that's pollen and it means allergies.

You may be able to treat allergies by taking certain measures but you can’t prevent them.

"She's has numerous allergies that are local to this area," said Lara Lander, an Ozark resident whose daughter Carman has allergies.

Who would've though that being outdoors could be dangerous? As flowers bloom, pollen falls. And that's an issue for those affected by seasonal allergies.

"She's very active, she likes to be outside, everything outside she is allergic too," said Lander.

But she's not going to be locked inside over the next few months. That's why Lander is making sure her daughter takes the proper precautions to fight against the itching, coughing and sniffling.

Allergist Mark Kalenian says he has already seen many patients during this year's allergy season.

"We've seen a large number of people coming in since about March 16th, that's when pollen levels spiked intitially but pretty much now we are in full force," said Dr. Kalenian.

The season was delayed due to the Wiregrass' recent cold snap but that hasn't lessened the pollen's affect.

"I think it's been an unusually bad pollen season. I think it's a lot worse than last years and seasons we've had prior to that," said Dr. Kalenian.

Doctor's say be proactive because no matter where you go it will be there.

"Pollen can travel up to 350 miles in a day, in fact sometimes pollen has been founded in as far as 400 miles at seas, as in the case of ragweed," said Dr. Kalenian.

Doctor’s say the best two ways of treating seasonal allergies are avoidance and medication. Some of the most common allergens in the air right now are from oak and elm trees.

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