Fall allergy season already in effect

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - If you already catch yourself sneezing, allergists in our area say you'll be needing more of tissues. All the rain we dealt with this summer has pollen and mold counts sky high.

"Ragweed is probably the most famous allergen, it's the allergen responsible for hay fever," says Dr. Mark Schecker, Allergist at Coastal Carolina Allergy and Asthma.

Hay fever will hit hard over the next few weeks, leaving some with a stuffy nose, itchy eyes and sneezing.

Erin Vincent, a patient says, "The leaves, stuff falling, flying around, any kind of storms, stuff like that aggravate things much worse."

Dead leaves make great surface for outdoor molds to grow and the wet weather from this past summer will only make things worse. Allergist Dr. Mark Schecker says that mold will be another allergy trigger for a lot of people this year.

"I would imagine that it's going to be a pretty active fall season." says Dr. Schecker.

Mother Nature won't be the only one contributing to those suffering. Construction could also add to the discomfort.

Melissa Taylor who is vacationing says, "I've got itchy eyes, I'm sneezing, I've got a headache, I've got more congestion and pressure in my head."

Taylor is staying next to the construction site along 4th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

If you already deal with allergies, construction sites are something to avoid.

"Because of the inflammation from their allergies, they are subject to having some of those things trigger some of their symptoms. Road dirt, road dust: they become super sensitive to those types of things. The construction may contribute to some people's problems," explains Dr. Schecker.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, there are plenty of over-the-counter medicines and home remedies to help and if that doesn't help, the next step for you is to see a professional.

The misery of fall allergies typically last until the first frost. Since we live in an area with a warm climate, Dr. Schecker says unfortunately we can expect seasonal allergy symptoms to linger at least until December.

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