Allergy season is here; trees are to blame

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- If you have a runny nose, itchy skin, or you've been sneezing and coughing a lot lately, you could be suffering from season allergies which tend to flare up in spring.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and immunology, 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children are impacted by seasonal allergies. If you find yourself suffering right now, doctors say you can most likely blame the trees.

"This right now will be the yellow pollen coming form the cedars," explains Dr. Karen Gell, an allergist at Grand Rapids Allergy. "This is the flower of the maple tree and on a dry day it will open and yellow dust will fly."

She says 2015 will be another bad year for people who suffer seasonal allergies. "If you have a lot of warm windy days like what we had all of last week, that pollen is just dispersing all over the place."

While the next few days of rain may bring some pollen relief, Dr. Gell says the relief will be short-lived. "Until the sun comes out and things dry up now you are going to get another load."

While many turn to over-the-counter medications, the number of people becoming allergic is increasing. One of the best things you can do is to get tested to find your specific allergens.

"What could you avoid for yourself? What medications could be safest? And looking at fixing allergies with therapy," explains Dr. Gell.

Talk to your doctor, get tested, and maybe you can get your allergy shot for some seasonal allergy relief.


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