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Allergy Season Could Be Worse Than Usual; Apps Available to Help Those Affected

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The grass is getting greener, there are buds on the trees, and flowers are blooming, which means it's officially spring and officially allergy season.

"We did have a long, protracted winter which everyone is aware of. What's going to happen is that we'll have an increase in the pollen in the trees and the grasses. All of that's going to happen more quickly so the pollen counts are going to rise and it will be a worse than expected allergy season,” explained Dr. Daniel Merenda, an Otolaryngologist with United Hospital Center.

Merenda said different seasons produce different allergens.

"Spring is more of a tree pollinating time, so we see people with tree allergies that really have a hard time in spring. When we get into summer time its more of the grasses that cause problems for allergy sufferers that are allergic to grasses,” Merenda said.

Flowering trees can be beautiful, but they can wreak havoc on some people's allergies. Luckily there are some apps available that can make it possible to track levels of allergens both that day, and in the future.

Allergy Alert is a free app that can tell you pollen levels in your area. Just put in your location, and it will tell you what's expected for up to four days in the future.

There is also the Web MD Allergy App that will explain what allergens are in the area, based on your specific needs.

Dr. Merenda said apps like these can be helpful.  "If you know it's a high pollen count day, and you know you have spring time allergies you may want to stay indoors or take your over the counter allergy medications,” said Merenda.

But if you can't stay indoors and over the counter medications aren't working, Dr. Merenda said your primary care physician can prescribe some medications that can help with the symptoms.

Symptoms can include sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and congestion. 

For more information on common allergens and symptoms click here.