High Pollen Count Means Tough Allergy Season

By: Whitney Holmes
By: Whitney Holmes

April 8, 2005

With April showers come May flowers come the coughs and sniffles.

"I have watery eyes all the time and under eye circles. I feel tired all the time," said allergy sufferer Christy Moupin.

"You feel tired in the morning. And another thing, if you're outside you are going to start sneezing. Your eyes are going to water," said another allergy sufferer Randy Whitlow.

The allergy season has begun and allergy sufferers may have a harder time this year than most.

Last week, allergist Dr. Gretchen Beck from Blue Ridge Allergy and Asthma did a pollen count and found the numbers unusually high.

"I got a count last week for trees a total of 613, most of it cedar. Anything over ninety is considered high for trees. This is higher than it usually is this time of year," Beck said.

Dr. Beck blamed the mild winter and large amount of rain for the high pollen count, which forecasts a pretty spring, but also a lot of people feeling miserable.

With the kick off of the allergy season, the shelf stock of Timberlake Drug Store is already beginning to bottom out.

Pharmacist John Plantz said this is just the beginning.

"As things keep blooming and with the pollen and mold, it's a process that goes on for three or four months every spring," said Plantz.

To stay sniffle and sneeze free, Dr. Beck offered some advice. "Close your windows. Turn your air conditioning on. If you've been outdoors, when you come in for the day, immediately take a shower," she said.

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