Fall allergy season expected to be longer than normal

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - This year we are in for a longer than normal fall allergy season, all because of the large amount of rain that fell over the summer.

Local doctors say be proactive, that means if you suffer from fall allergies you need to take medication and be aware of the day's pollen and mold counts.

"The reason I came in is because I thought I had a shellfish allergy. But it turns out I'm allergic to the pollen the trees and the grass and just about everything else." Said Mandy Runyans.

Mandy Runyans is just one of the many patients visiting the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus center in Florence, looking for ways to manage her fall related allergies.

"But we are seeing an increase in business lately.And as the kids get more prime to all the pollen exposure, we will continue to see those people coming in on into October," said Dr. David Stone.

Dr. Stone says while the summer rain is causing more problems now, but at the time it was falling that rain actually helped keep pollen down.

"At the time that it is raining it will help knock some of the pollen down. But for the vegetation that grows after the rains," said Dr. Stone.

That vegetation is what's making you sneeze now. Dr. Stone says there is not much you can do to escape outdoor pollen, but there are several steps you can take to help keep your allergy symptoms at bay.

"Changing your clothes after you worked in the yard will help you not bring a lot of pollen into the home," said Dr. Stone.

If you do have to work outside, try not to do it between seven and 11 a.m. That's when pollen numbers tend to be their highest.

You also have several options when it comes to medication.

"The sublingual drops and the pills need to be done every single day to have an impactful response, where the allergy shots are less often, although they do involve injection," said Dr. Stone.

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