Spring Allergy Season



Many of us saw a sunny Thursday and with spring starts in full, the suffering begins.

It should come as no surprise this warm weather is coming with a catch.

Allergy season, it is being felt across the country.

“This season they are expecting allergy season to be a problem around much of the country… The winter in many places was very mild, and that allows for an early season.”

Spring allergies are expected to be high across the Champlain Valley as well.

“We are looking at the trees, grass and weed pollens… And they come out every year…” says Dr. Edward Kent with Timber Lane Allergy in South Burlington. 

Dr. Kent expects tree pollen will be out within the week, leading to a prolonged allergy season.

“Sap is running, maple syrup is underway… So it looks that we are going to have an early season.” says Dr. Kent.

After a high pollen season in 2015, sufferers should schedule a doctor’s visit to discuss treatments.

“If you know you are going to have trouble with pollen for the spring you can use preventative eye drops and nasal sprays…” says Dr. Kent.

“i have been getting these allergy shots one in each arm because i have so many allergies…” says Nina Handy a patient of Timber Lane Allergy. 

Handy has been receiving injections on a weekly basis since last spring. The shots help her build up tolerance to the pollen.

“After that initial week when the allergies are so bad, after getting the shots…It helps so much better. I can breath clearly and my eyes aren’t itchy.”

We aren’t born with allergies, typically we don’t start developing them until age 6 or 7.

Doctors say you can develop allergies later in life, so it is always good to get an allergy test done.

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