Tips for surviving seasonal allergies

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 6:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Many have been trying to enjoy the warmer weather but allergies keep getting in their way.

"We have been wiping noses for the last hour," allergy sufferer Tracy Marshall said. Living -Tracy Marshall knows all too well the cause.  "Seasonal allergies, when the weather first gets hot, the pollen gets high and my nose runs a lot," Marshall said.
 
Louisville has a familiar place in the list of "Worst Places to Live for Allergy Sufferers"--near the top of the list every year.

"The Ohio Valley is kind of the perfect storm for allergies, especially seasonal allergies. We have the valley, we have a lot of plant life, so trees come out early," allergist Dr. Sublett said.

The doctor says it's tree pollen that's causing you to cling to your tissue and don't blame the blooming trees--they aren't the culprit. "It's actually the hardwood trees that pollinate very early in the spring, even before you see any blooms coming out," Dr. Sublett said.

"For about 50 percent of people who have relatively mild allergies, they should start on their over the counter medicines right now," Dr. Sublett said. 

For severe allergy sufferers Sublett recommends getting an allergy test. Find out what you're allergic to; you may be surprised.

Dr. Sublett says two-thirds of people have year round allergies. After spring, there are grasses and ragweed to worry about.
 

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