Fighting Allergies

By: ashley.reynolds@wymtnews.com Email
By: ashley.reynolds@wymtnews.com Email

Eastern Kentucky's weather has gone from one extreme to the other this year, causing headaches for allergy sufferers.

While every summer can be considered a battle against the greens, this summer is a dozy.

Big changes in weather packs a punch for allergy sufferers.

"The rain, the heat, the humidity aggravates a lot of people with sinus problems...and with breathing problems. It's the greater of two evils. You are outside in it, it causes a lot of congestion and suffering. On top of that you got the pollen season which is when all the grasses and the trees are in bloom. It just makes a lot of people miserable," said Scott Little, an allergy specialist.

The best line of defense to beat those summer allergies starts from the inside.

Try to stay indoors during pollen peak hours from about 6am to 10am.
If you have pets, make sure you vacuum 1 to 2 times a week.

If you are going to be outside wear your shades...they can keep away pollen from your eyes.

Pollen counts are the highest on hot, dry, and windy days so check the forecast before you make plans.

Experts say don't bet on relief from mother nature any time soon.

"For our area we have had a lot of changes in the weather. We have had milder winters. Our winters are not as cold, hard, and long...and it seems like it makes for a longer allergy season," said Little.

Experts say just following these few simple tips can make this time of the year bearable.

To see Ashley's list on how to fight summer allergies, check out Ashley's blog under Ashley's Extras.


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