Allergy season is upon us. If you're suffering, you're not alone.
As of Tuesday, pollen levels were listed as “high” (according to http://tlaaa.com/pollen_counts.php).
Jacki Murphy feels it. She’s suffered from allergies for much of her adult life.
“Well, I'm pretty miserable,” admitted Murphy. “I wake up in the morning sneezing. I continue the day sneezing. My eyes get very itchy. My nose is very itchy. I even have a throat kind of thing where talking sometimes is difficult and I have a little bit of raspiness in my throat right now."
And what has her gasping for air, is also affecting others.
“It's been very busy. It's busy every spring,” said Dr. Edward Kent, of Timber Lane Allergy & Asthma.”
Dr. Kent blames this year's spike in pollen levels on our unusually late spring.
“Once the trees started to pollinate, we went right to very moderate/high levels. We didn't really have a smoldering, low level season like we often do,” explained Dr. Kent.
So some are trying to kick the allergy for good.
Jacki Murphy comes to Timber Lane Allergy & Asthma once a month to get her allergy treatment.
It's a shot that, over time, may make Murphy allergy-free.
“I think it will take a few years. I actually am much better this season than I was last year. I started a year ago,” said Murphy.
While effective, the shots can have side effects. A new FDA approved dust mite, grass and rag weed allergy treatment reportedly has less side effects.
This is the first year Dr. Kent has been prescribing the drugs Grastek and Ragwitek.
“These products are initially given in the physician’s office. You daily take the tablet, put it under your tongue and then over time, you become desensitized or tolerant to the allergen,” said Dr. Kent.
So hopefully, people like Jacki, can breathe a little easier.
When your allergies hit, depends on what trees you're allergic to. For example, those allergic to birch trees are hurting right now.
For those allergic to all or most trees, they'll suffer through June.
July's a nice break before fall allergies set in again in August. Dry, warm, windy weather makes spread pollen spread even more.