Long winter makes for harsh pollen season - KOTA Territory News

Long winter makes for harsh pollen season

(MGN Online photo courtesy American Med Dev) (MGN Online photo courtesy American Med Dev)

For people suffering from allergies, this time of year is nothing to sneeze at. From weeds to grass and tree pollen, airborne allergen levels can go through the roof.

Dr. Gerti Yanss said tree pollen season usually comes earlier in the year, but this year it arrived later than normal. "The spring season has been worst than ever. And the reason for that is the winter was so long," Yanss said.

That means a trifecta of pollen will be in the air, and up your nose, all at at once.

"People will have an itchy nose, watery and itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, and will feel tired,” Yanss said. “We usually have cottonwood, elm, pine, grass … one or the other. This year, they were all together. Because we had such a late spring, people were overwhelmed because they have so many pollens to deal with.”

So how do you know you have allergies?

"They can sense it. The runny nose and the itchy feeling in the roof of their mouth and in the ears," Yanss said.

The symptoms can hang around for months. So how can you avoid letting allergies spoil your summer soirée?

“Getting enough sleep is great because when you eat well and have enough sleep, your allergy symptoms go down,” Yanss said. “If you stay in an air-conditioned room, you’ll also feel better than staying outside.”

She said over–the–counter drugs like an antihistamine or inhaler can also bring some relief. But when a trip to the pharmacy isn't enough, she recommends that you go see an allergist.

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