March 28, 2007
The signs of spring are everywhere, but for some being outside isn't all fun in the sun.
“I walk a lot of land for a living, so I'm outside and all the different trees I know which ones I’m allergic to, but knowing doesn't make a difference really its still there,” said Christina Maupin.
Christina suffers from allergies, they are so bad she has to get shots to control them.
“There were friend’s houses that I couldn't stay at for more that fifteen minutes because of their animals. I couldn't be outside, I couldn't hike because not only was I hiking and out of shape, I couldn't breathe the allergies were that bad, but I was so busy sneezing that I can't breathe,” said Maupin.
In the Charlottesville area, now until July is the busiest time for seasonal allergies. Dr. Huber should know, because locally he is known as “The Allergist” and right now his patients have all the seasonal symptoms.
“A lot of sneezing, runny nose, itching, itching anywhere, itching all over, itching deep down in your ears and in your throat,” Dr. Huber said.
However, just because you may not have allergies now you could one day. Doctors say you can develop allergies anytime as you age, even well into your senior years.
“You're never born with an allergy; you might be born with the constitution, that's fair. You inherit all these little characteristics and various combinations and with time certain triggers, certain events and experiences bring them out. We don't know what they all are but then the body changes the way it reacts and that actually was the original definition of the word allergy,” said Dr. Huber.
Doctors suggest you should see a specialist if each year your symptoms get worse and worse and they occur more than one time a year.