Allergy Season Expected to Arrive Early

Meredith Sims and Genna Rodney

Are you one of the millions who suffer from seasonal allergies? If so, sources say you can expect those runny noses and itchy eyes to come early this year.

The next time you think you may have the flu or a cold your real problem could be an early case of allergies. Seasonal allergies are expected to start earlier this year due to this mild winter. “The allergy season in general will be worse because things were not killed by typical low temperatures that were below freezing that would typically damage budding things on trees and plants and grasses and so we are going to have much more of that,” according to Stephanie Barrett, Oxford Urgent Care Nurse.

Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing are the most common allergy symptoms people experience.  It is no doubt with these abnormally warm winter conditions that many people have already started to have these symptoms. Ole Miss student Emily Coleman uses a sinus rinse daily to find relief. “The sinus rinse really helps with my allergies, I do it every morning, and it really helps. Spring is definitely the worst season for my allergies and it came really quick this year.”

Those who are experiencing allergies for their first time can find quick and easy solutions.  The most well known over the counter allergy relief medicines, Zyrtec and Claritin, can be found at your local pharmacies.

If you are not sure if what you are suffering from is allergy related, nurse Stephanie Barrett explains common gestures that are due from allergies. “The typical allergy sign you see is the nasal solute, where you see someone constantly doing this, where they wipe their nose and get little creases on the tip, and dark circles under the eyes.”

With February coming to an end, spring is just around the corner and allergy season is in full force.  Urgent Care and pharmacies around town are urging people to start taking medications now rather then suffering later.


~ by mersims on February 28, 2012.

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