Plenty of pollen |

Plenty of pollen

Mandy Feder
Pollen is kicked up by the wind as seen in this three-frame HDR image looking north from Sand Harbor on Sunday.
Photo by Casey Jovani |

Area doctors are reporting a spike in patients coming in with allergy issues as a result of thick pollen in the air.

Ron Roth, Barton ear, nose and throat doctor recommends taking the following actions: Stay indoors especially on dry, windy days; use a HEPA filter system in the house; those with allegy issues going outside, should wear a mask; wash hair before going to bed. Hair often traps the pollen and this can get onto the pillow; use antihistamines available over-the-counter, such as Claritin or Zyrtec; and try an intranasal steroid spray, such Flonase or Nasocort.

Roth added that allergies can occur in any age group, male or female.

People should contact a doctor for testing and evaluation if over-the-counter medications and other measures described above do not substantially reduce symptoms.

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