It's Allergy Season

Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 8:40pm

Sneezing, coughing, red eyes. Sound familiar? Allergy season has arrived. As our Morgan Rose finds out this year, allergy season came early. Not only that, doctors say the pollen count is higher than they’ve seen in a quarter century.

Allergy patient Becky Adams says, “I woke up this morning, eyes were red, knew allergies hit me.” Allergy season is in full bloom, and unfortunately, not only did it come early, but doctors say it’s the worst they’ve seen in a long time.

The main pollens floating around are cedar, juniper, and oak. Allergists say it’s because of Louisiana’s spell of warm and extra dry weather along the Gulf Coast, causing the regions plants to pollinate ahead of schedule. And that’s bringing more patients in for allergy shots. Jennifer Porter with Clinic of Ear, Nose, and Throat says “About ten shots a day and that number is up this time of year.’

Patients are making appointments so they don’t have to spend their weekend hiding from the outdoors. Dr. Stan Montelaro says starting your meds early is key. He says allergies will be in “full bloom” until a rain shower can wash the pollens away.

Some tips to avoid a miserable allergy season: see an allergist, get the right prescriptions if you need them, and try to limit your time outdoors.