Warmer weather could trigger outdoor allergies

Melting Snow
Melting Snow

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Spring is near and people who suffer with outdoor allergies may start to notice the symptoms.

Dr. Scott Carrington with Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health said the warmer temperatures are helping the snow melt and now exposing allergens.

“As the temperatures start getting nicer, the plants start coming back to life and they pollinate. As we move into spring, we start to see some of the tree allergies start popping up,” explained Carrington.

Carrington said a few symptoms of allergies include itchy eyes, runny nose and congestion. He said if allergies are severe enough, they could cause hives and affect your breathing.

“If you are feverish, if it’s more than simply a nuisance allergy or if you couldn’t take care of it with over-the-counter medicines, then those are certainly points when I would have you see a doctor,” Carrington added.

Carrington said allergies can affect people of all ages, but children tend to suffer more than adults.

“It is generally the same symptoms, though kids get the symptoms a lot harder. They have smaller airways, smaller nostrils and things get plugged up a whole lot easier,” Carrington explained.

Carrington said he anticipates an increase in patients with outdoor allergies this spring. He said people with grass allergies are typically affected in the summer.

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