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With early spring come worsening allergies

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year and with new life blooming across the country, those allergies are beginning to flare up. The reason has a lot to do with the changing seasons. While the source of the allergies is different from fall allergies, MU Health Care Allergist Christine Franzese says the symptoms are the same. “Each season will be different as far as the weather and the pollen counts, so generally the warm prolonged weather with humidity can affect the pollen counts,” said Franzese. With well above-average temperatures expected through the end of this month, pollen counts are already climbing well into the high range. This will likely cause allergy concerns for millions of Americans who suffer. Symptoms of allergies include sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion and unique to the spring months, food concerns. “Birch tree actually has some food crossovers, most commonly with apples,” Franzese said. “So, people with a birch allergy will have difficulty eating raw apples. Their throat will itch and the lips might swell or tingle.” Allergists recommend taking antihistamines, avoid going outside in the mornings, immediately showering when coming indoors and if your allergies are really severe, seeing an allergist. With new and upcoming technology, Franzese says those afraid of needles have alternate methods in the form of pills, allergy toothpaste, or allergy drops.

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