No Summer Relief For Allergies

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Summer is in full bloom and with weather this nice, it's hard to avoid the outdoors.

But seasonal allergies are giving some people a reason to stay inside.

"I expect it in early and mid spring to see a lot of patients but I've been seeing a lot more in the past couple weeks with allergy symptoms," said Dr. Edward Rosick, Chair of the Family and Community Medicine Department at MSU.

Plant experts say it makes sense. After a harsh winter plants took longer to bloom. Add in all the rain and that creates the perfect combination for lots of summer allergens.

"This makes conditions excellent for a long list of kingdom fungi members that we have in the area," said Peter Carrington, Assistant Curator at the MSU Botanical Garden.

Mold isn't the only problem, weeds like stinging nettle are making pollen counts especially high. It's something Dr. Rosick says most people aren't use to.

"They had stopped their allergy meds maybe a month ago in June and all of a sudden I'm having to advise them to get back started on them," he added.

An estimated 50 million people suffer from seasonal allergies and each year they spend close to $40 billion on over-the-counter drugs like Claradin. But when a tablet isn't enough, doctors say a prescription should do the trick.

"We can get them on some steroid nasal sprays that can cut things down we can get them on eye drops," Dr. Rosick said.

When it comes to getting some relief, timing isn't helping

"Hopefully by the beginning of mid August we'll see some relief from that unfortunately then we start getting into the fall season when everything starts dying off," Dr. Rosick explained.

Which means by then allergens like ragweed will be picking up.

For now doctors say the best way to handle allergens is cutting down any weeds outside and making sure there isn't any mold in your house.

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