Allergy season came early for some

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local doctor said allergy season has come early to the Capital Region for some.

Spring has finally made its way to the Capital Region, but flowers aren’t the only things in bloom. Allergies are, too, for some.

“I wasn’t feeling well, you know,” Albany resident Dan Davis said. “My nose was running. I felt kinda stuffy.”

Davis said his allergies began in March.

Dr. Nora Perkins with Albany ENT & Allergy said there was a March allergy onslaught.

“So we’ve had a little bit of an unusual allergy season because the winter lasted so long we tended to have some tree pollens which were blooming at the same time as the snow was melting, so we were getting some mold, which isn’t always the case this time of year,” she said.

Dr. Perkins said in March some people were having mold symptoms. Now, tree pollens are high. She said tree pollens are in the air before buds appear.

But there are options for allergy management.

“This first would be avoidance,” Dr. Perkins said.

Dr. Perkins said to keep windows closed and medication may be necessary.

“Over the counter anti-histamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, Benadryl,” she said. “Those types of medicines can be very helpful. There is also now nasal steroid sprays over the counter.”

She said the best bet is to start medications at the start of the first symptoms.

If avoidance and over the counter medications don’t work, Dr. Perkins said to make an appointment to see a doctor.

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