Because of the warm weather we've had this past month, the grass and the leaves on the trees are growing back earlier than usual. And we all know what that means. Allergy season is also here earlier.
The allergy specialist at Slocum Dickson Medical Group says that allergy season is hitting hard. Dr. Dhabhar, who is the Asthma/Allergy/Internal Medicine Specialist at Slocum Dickson, says "Starting about a month ago, people started noticing a very significant increase in their allergy symptoms." This is because of the warm and dry weather we've had over the past month.
But it's not just this year. Dr. Dhabhar says "Because of global warming, the seasons are starting earlier. And so the trees and the grasses are pollinating." But also, the allergy season is getting longer each year. Dr. Dhabhar says "And the seasons are not only starting sooner, but the hard frost comes a lot later. And so the total length of time for the seasons is much more than it used to be before."
Here's some tips to help you combat pollen allergies after you've been outside. Dr. Dhabhar says "And when you come in, immediately get in the shower and put your clothes in for washing so that you don't carry that stuff with you. And that will definitely help eliminate your symptoms significantly."
If you have allergies and you want to get outside and enjoy nature. Allergists say it's best to go right after it rains. Because the rain suppresses pollen levels.