Allergies in Oxford Bad, Probably Getting Worse

By Ryan Riley

It’s allergy season in Oxford and it looks like it’s going to be a rough one.

“I’ve actually noticed it a lot when taking my dog out; we go to the park every week and we go to the lake a lot and we come back and my eyes are dried out and watery and it’s just hard to breathe outside sometimes with all of this pollen,” said Oxford resident Erin Harmon.

In fact, published reports indicate some researchers expect pollen counts to nearly triple in the next few decades, thanks to climate changes.  This year many plants are blooming early due to unusually warm winter weather in some parts of the country.

“In order for the pollen count to be high, it’s got to be over 100 or around there, and the pollen counts lately for the southern climate zone have exceeded 8,000,” said pharmacist Adam Baskerville of Oxford Family Pharmacy.

Though allergies seem to be most noticeable in the spring, Baskerville says allergens are always there.

“The stuff you can actually see is just the larger pollen, there’s always gonna be smaller pollen that you can’t see and just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that it is not there.”

All that pollen has left many locals with sneezing,watery eyes, cough and the list goes on.

According to, there are several key ways to reduce your pollen exposure.

  • Make sure to always close your windows and outside doors.
  • Try to avoid using window and attic fans during pollen season. Use air-conditioning to cool your home.
  • Next, roll up your car windows when driving. Use the air-conditioning, only if you need it.
  • Dry clothing and bedding in the dryer, don’t hang them outside.
  • Remember that pets can bring in pollen on their fur, too. Don’t allow pets that spend time outdoors inside your bedroom.

Over the counter allergy medicines can help relieve symptoms, but for some people that’s not good enough.

“If allergies and pollen are bothering you bad enough you could get a prescription,” said Baskerville.


~ by rwriley88 on April 19, 2013.

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