Allergy season, will it arrive later this year?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – This time last year, allergy season was in full swing. Dr. Sunil Joshi, an allergist at Family Allergy and Asthma Consultants, says the continuous cold weather will definitely push the start of allergy season back. With allergy season starting later, it will make the total season shorter. “Our tree pollen season typically ends by around Mother’s Day, or certainly by the end of May. Not to mention it’s important to know the difference between allergies and symptoms of the coronavirus.
Allergy experts questioning nasal sprays due to coronavirus concerns
Some doctors are questioning whether nasal sprays and nasal rinses are the best treatment for season allergy sufferers right now due to coronavirus concerns. Lately, the pollen count has been high throughout Northeast Florida, and those who suffer from allergies are likely feeling the effects. But while many people have been dealing with allergies, the new coronavirus has been declared a pandemic. Walker said allergy doctors would normally associate that symptom with allergies or sinus inflammation. RELATED | How to tell the difference between symptoms of allergies & COVID-19And while doctors often prescribe over-the-counter antihistamines to control nasal allergy symptoms, Walker said that they are now more hesitant about prescribing nasal sprays and saline rinses based on new medical reports out of France and Italy.
How to tell difference between symptoms of allergies & COVID-19
And with the current COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to know the difference between allergies and symptoms of the virus. “Of course right now everyone’s...thinking that something else might be going on, so that’s what’s making people even more concerned about it,” Dr. Joshi said. Seasonal allergies and symptoms of COVID-19 do have a few similarities, especially for asthma patients. “If you’re stuck inside your house and you’re worried about your seasonal allergies while inside your house, keep the windows closed,” Dr. Joshi said. Most importantly, those with seasonal allergies should keep up with medication that manages the symptoms.
Pollen season arrives ahead of schedule this year
Robert Sanford, who knows all about the pesky allergen as the nursery manager at Liberty Landscape Supply, told News4Jax that pine trees are producing the pollen right now. Pollen season usually doesn’t arrive until February, so now more people who suffer from allergies will suffer even longer. "They’re terrible and I’m itching my eyes all the time and that’s one of the things about the pollen.”So while pine trees are currently producing pollen, next on the list are cedar trees, which will produce pollen up until spring. The bad news: Trees normally produce pollen through April, so this is just the beginning. After cedar and pine trees, the hot summer months bring grass pollen.
Why allergy season is getting longer, more intense
Pollen is expected to pile up early this year. Higher temperatures, more rain and El Niño winds may contribute to a perfect storm for allergies. Experts believe climate change is making the season about three weeks longer and more intense. Dr. Neeta Ogden, allergist and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss who could expect the worst allergies and how to prepare.cbsnews.com