South Carolina among the worst places for allergies, study says

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - It's always difficult dealing with allergies, especially this time of year. it may be even harder because of where we live: South Carolina has been named one of the worst allergy places in America, and many people are starting to deal with those allergy symptoms.

The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America puts together a list every year as a reminder for everyone to take allergies seriously. South Carolina made the short list, and is ranked in the top 20.

Here's a warning: Allergy symptoms may creep up on you this year. Experts say it's because we're having a late start to spring, and pollinating trees are trying to play catch-up. Different trees are working in overdrive, because right now, we're already dealing with what says is a high pollen count in the Grand Strand.

Local pharmacist Roddy Williams says he's seen more people come in recently complaining of allergies, and with the way things are going, he's expecting more.

Williams says he's seeing a lot of allergy sufferers because of "bushes, trees, and so forth budding, but this weekend, I think, is really going to see it spur it up, and really get some activity now."

Williams also says he doesn't agree with those experts who are saying this year will be the worst allergy season. He thinks this weekend will be the true test of that. Either way, the best bet is to prepare for the worst with over-the-counter medicine like eye drops and anti-histamines.

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