Tree pollen high as allergy season ramps up


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The sneezing and watery eyes may sneak up on you a little sooner this year. 

Although it’s not Spring just yet, many allergy sufferers are already experiencing the dreaded symptoms.

Pollen comes in waves and right now, tree pollen is in bloom.

Even though pollen levels for weeds and grasses remain fairly low, there’s enough tree pollen to have some allergy sufferers already experiencing symptoms. 

Dr. John Anderson with Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center says the up and down weather is likely to blame. 

“What we’ve seen is perhaps an earlier than typical emergence of some of our tree pollens that began really in earnest in February and then as the weather cooled down a little the pollen levels dropped,” said Anderson.

Dr. Anderson says it’s hard to predict and especially active allergy season, but it’s best to stay on top of your local pollen count.

“I just up my doses of antihistamines about 2 or 3 weeks before my certain months or when I know it’s going to be the worst and that’s to sort of tame things down a little bit, but other than that it’s just praying for rain,” said William O’Donnell, an allergy sufferer.

For more information about the Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center’s pollen report, click here

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