Medical officials say allergy season could be worse than usual

Medical officials say allergy season is blooming earlier this year than in years past, and folks across the region feel the impact.

"It's been worse this year. For one thing this whole eye was infected and they had to give me antibiotics for it and it had never done that," said Jackie Smith, who suffers from allergies.

Joseph Hamblin says his allergies are worse this year than ever. He is suffering from eye problems for the first time.

"It's like an intense burning sensation, like getting sand in your eye. And you can't get it out unless you start rinsing it with some kind of eye drop or solution. It's very irritating," Hamblin said.

A pharmacist, Cordell Brown, said he's seen more sales for allergy medication by this time of year than he usually does.

"It seems like there's a trend of more people coming in asking, 'What can I take?' And antihistamines are definitely on the rise this year," said Brown.

Jackie Smith, who is a grandmother, said her young grandson has worse than normal allergies, too.

"He says his head hurts and his little eyes water all the time, and he's congested. He's got them real bad," Smith said.

Brown said that over the counter antihistamine products are just as effective as the prescription ones.

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