Winter cold creates perfect storm of pollen

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Steven Stetts searches of aisles of Archdale Drug, looking for medicine to stop his pollen-related pain.

“I had this for about a week and yesterday I had a bad sinus headache,” he said.

Dr. Carter Bobbitt with High Point’s Allergy and Asthma Center says February’s freezing temperatures delayed the beginning of the tree pollen season. So when trees finally began producing pollen, it was also grass pollen season.

“It’s bringing out the symptoms a lot more severely,” Dr. Bobbitt adds “The itchy, watery eyes and the sneezing — it’s been a big problem and it’s bringing a lot of people into the practice.”

According to Bobbitt, we should limit our exposure to pollen. But if that’s not possible, over-the-counter medicines and sprays are a good alternative. For highly allergic people, allergy injections are available. Steven Stetts says he will deal with the pollen by taking over-the-counter medication and wearing the proper clothing.

“Right now my yard needs mowing and I haven’t felt like doing it because of my allergies. I will put on a mask and go.”

The double dose of tree and grass pollen could last for another one to two months.

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