Allergy Season in Full Effect for Many

Tips on relieving those annoying seasonal sneezes

Mike Baggerman
June 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

USA Today Photo


AMHERST, N.Y. (WBEN) - The lack of rain in Western New York this season has resulted in an increase in seasonal allergies for the 20 percent of people who deal with the minor health complaint. 

"We had a late spring," Dr. Kathleen Donovan of Buffalo Amherst Allergy said. "Our pollen counts stay elevated when you don't get rain. We've really had very little rain so that means you'll have sustained pollen counts. When you have sustained pollen counts people don't get a break and it makes the symptoms worse."

According to the National Weather Service,  2.72 inches of rain came down in May, a .74 inch decrease from the average. April saw approximately 3.99 inches of precipitation, nearly an inch more than the average. Preliminary data shows a total of .24 inches this month, nearly a two-inch drop from the average for this month. 

Allergies are largely genetic. If both of your parents suffer from seasonal allergies, you likely will develop them. However, if only one parent has a seasonal allergy, your chances of suffering from allergies are halved.

Mild allergies are treated with over the counter drugs such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra. However, you should visit a doctor if your allergies persist or are severe and you'll receive various forms of nasal spray, antihistamines, allergy shots, and other various ways you'll be treated.

At home methods to lessen the symptoms include closing the windows, running the air conditioner, and Donovan said not sleeping with a cat could work.

"I'm a big salt water rise, person," she added. "Washing out your nose with saline. There's a lot of products out there like sinus-rinse kits that washes out the pollens and washes out the extra mucus."

While parts of the region had some rainfall on Monday, don't expect those seasonal allergies to go too far away because it's not scheduled to rain again until the weekend. 

"(Allergic people) will usually feel better for a day or two," Donovan said. "If it doesn't rain the pollen counts will creep back up again and they'll feel symptomatic again."



Comments ()