Spring allergy season starting early in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Spring has just begun, but people are already starting to feel their allergy symptoms coming on.

"This year already, we've had two days in February where the pollen count was extremely high," said allergist Dr. Priya Warrier. "Last year we didn't see that until about mid-March."

Dr. Warrier says the mild winter we enjoyed this year will likely lead to an early and prolonged allergy season.

Folks are already stocking up on over-the-counter medications and tracking the pollen count, but as Dr. Warrier explains, it's not always enough.

"You want to come in and see an allergist because we can test you for 30-40 different kinds of allergies, so you know what pollen it is you need to avoid, and which ones your body is okay with," said Dr. Warrier.

If you only have occasional problems, over the counter medication is probably sufficient, but if it's more than that you may want to consider other options.

"There are now FDA-approved tablets that can be placed right under your tongue and help you develop immunity," said Dr. Warrier. "As long as people know that there are options, you don't need to feel terrible through the pollen season and stay indoors."

High season for allergy symptoms usually kicks into gear when the thermometer hits 60 degrees for 3-4 days. When that happens, pollen from plants starts moving through the air.

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