Sneezing, itching and watery eyes, all are symptoms of allergies and they were certainly not missed during those long winter months.
Megan Beauchamp, a freshmen at Loras College, is one person who especially did not miss those allergens. She suffers from severe allergies and requires weekly shots by her doctor, something that she says is extremely inconvenient to her transition to college life.
“Their just annoying and an inconvenience.” states Beauchamp. And while we are all familiar with the relationship allergies have with warmer weather, this year could be particularly intense. With the Polar Vortex that has occurred during the winter, which has caused a particularly cold spring. Trees which usually release their airborne pollens are now going to do so all at once. Causing intense symptoms for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
Dr. Brad McClimon, board certified allergist with Medical Associates, says that his busy season comes in the spring and the fall, but this year, there seems to be a bit of a lull and is expecting to see a spike in the number of patience come through his door in the next few weeks.
McClimon suggests for those who suffer from seasonal allergies to buy anti-histamines available over the counter to help with mild symptoms. If that does not help, allergist’s can tailor a plan that best fits symptoms which are being experienced.