MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Greg Voss enjoys getting out in Myrtle Beach for a walk around the park, but he knows a day in the park could spell trouble for his allergies.
"I get a stuffy nose, watery eyes," explains Voss.
Those are symptoms some 36 million people in the US who suffer from allergies according to the FDA can likely relate to.
It may only be March 3, but things are starting to pick up at Coastal Carolina Allergy and Asthma in Myrtle Beach where Dr. Mark Schecker believes this year's season will bring the good and the bad.
"To me it's been colder than usual and in general the cold tends to delay the pollination that goes on," says Schecker who also adds this season's rain may make things worse.
"Since we've had a wet season I think we are going to have another active allergy season," he says. "We might have that delay which will make the spring season last a little longer but I do think it's gong to be active."
Schecker says trees will be the first to pollinate followed by the grass. If you're suffering already Dr. Schecker says the occasional bursts of warm weather this winter certainly played a part. He says over the counter medications like Claratin, Zyrtec, Allegra and nose sprays are helpful for most people with mild symptoms.
And finding relief is exactly what Voss says he'll do in order to get out and enjoy. "I'm going to get out one way or the other,"says Voss. "If I have to suffer a little bit for short periods of time to enjoy this fresh air, I will."
If you've been suffering more than normal you should see a specialist.