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Medical Monday 5.19.14: Allergy Season Hitting Sufferers Hard…Concrete Reason Why…Pollen Vortex.

| May 20, 2014

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Allergy sufferers. If you’re having a tough season right now, there’s a concrete reason why. Health officials are saying this spring allergy season is worse because of a phenomenon called the “pollen vortex.”

Shawn Cunningham explains what that is and what treatment relief exists. Its this week’s Medical Monday.

Winter may be an afterthought. But its effects are having a very strong impact on allergy sufferers right now. The incredibly long and cold winter this year was labeled the “polar vortex.”

The temperatures were so cold and wet, tree physiologists say, that trees and plants weren’t able to release their pollen on time creating a phenomenon called a pollen vortex, when all that pent up pollen explodes all at once as the temperatures warm up.

Dr. Clifford Bassett\ is a Medical Director for the¬†Allergy and Asthma Care of NY and says “Now all of the tree pollen and the budding trees are ready to go and they are pollinating very aggressively. There is a pollen burst going on right now.”

And that’s causing an even more severe seasonal allergy season. Healthcare practitioners say its important to see your healthcare provider for advice.

“When it becomes disruptive to your life if your eyes are watering, nose is running constantly that’s not conducive to your workday and you’ve tried the over the counter medications and you tried all the things and they haven’t worked then see a provider,” says Stephen Porter a TAMC Family Nurse Practitioner.

Porter says its possible for people who’ve not had a problem with allergies in the past to encounter one this year. He says people should pay attention to potential symptoms.

“Itchy watery eyes, runny nose, cough, congestion and fuzzy head,” says Porter.

And once its determined its an allergy you have, the next step is finding the right treatment. Porter says there are plenty of over the counter remedies. With buzz words like antihistamine and sudaephedrine, there are a regimen of offerings.

Porter adds “The prescription medicines singulair that can help this but prevention avoidance is the key if you know what’s bothering you try to avoid it. But the antihistamines are generally over the counter now there are steroid nasal sprays that can disrupt the pathways for the allergies to get in.”

Porter says if you pay attention to symptoms, seek health advice and get the right treatment available…you should be breathing easier. Shawn Cunningham, NS 8.

Porter says its possible for people who’ve not had a problem with allergies in the past to encounter one this year. He says people should pay attention to potential symptoms.

Porter says if you pay attention to symptoms, seek health advice and get the right treatment available…you should be breathing easier.

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