What you need to know about seasonal allergies


If you’ve been sneezing or experiencing a runny nose and itchy eyes, you may be experiencing seasonal allergies. 

“Maybe, if you’re allergic to more tree and plant pollen, you’ll start to see a little bit of relief over the next few weeks,” said 22News Storm Team Meterologist Kelly Reardon. “But if you’re allergic to grass pollen, then you’ve got quite a stretch ahead of you.”

Pollen count is up, which means itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing, just to name a few symptoms.  

And you can blame it on the dry weather, we’ve been experiencing.

“The dry weather might be great for summertime, but not so great for pollen levels,” Reardon said. 

Nearly half the country is in medium to high status, according to pollen.com, which provides allergy information and forecast for sufferers.

Anyone can get allergies. You can develop them as a baby or you can get them as an adult.

Either way, it can make your Labor Day weekend plans uncomfortable. 

This Westfield woman told 22News, her 18-year-old daughter has suffered from allergies for nearly a decade. 

She found relief after seeing an allergist. 

“So we started injections and it has helped immensely and she still went down a little bit. April /June is her time, because she didn’t have all her shots,” said Westfield resident Kelly Mortimer. “But she only went down with a couple bloody noses and a couple headaches and that’s it.”

Here’s how you can get some relief:

  • Put some mattress covers on. 
  • Pillow covers. 
  • Keep the windows covered. 

You can also treat allergy symptoms with over-the-counter medications. 

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