Spring is pleasant, but the pollen it brings has many scrambling to get indoors

Published 10:05 pm Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The headaches of the harsh winter weather have left with the season, but spring has arrived with new a problem—allergies.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reported that roughly one in five Americans, which is the equivalent to 60 million, suffer from asthma and any type of allergy with 40 million suffering from indoor or outdoor allergies.

While the source of of an individual’s allegy varies, tree pollen is a primary problem during the spring for people who suffer from allergies, according Dr. Richard Waguespack, an ear, nose and throat specialist and clinical professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Common signs of seasonal allergies are sneezing, clear nasal discharge and itching in the eyes and nose,  according to Waguespack.

We sympathize with those facing this annual problem and recommend you consider some of the common solutions Waguespack mentioned, which are to replace air filters or wear a mask.

You can also follow the advice of Carter Drugs owner Tim Williamson.

“Even though the weather is nice and you like the cool breeze, if you open up your windows, you’re letting pollen into your house,” Williamson said.

Purchasing allergy medicine is also a remedy for the seasonal problem.

These suggested solutions may not completely eliminate the problem, but they are surely some a great ways to ease the pain of season allergies.

There’s some bad news too.

When spring ends, Waguespack said grass pollen be an issue during the summer and weed pollen could cause allergies in the fall.

However, we hope residents of  the Dallas County community do not allow their allergies force them to miss the gorgeous conditions outside. Spring, despite the allergies it brings, is one of the best times of the year to enjoy days outside. Let’s all enjoy it.