Itchy nose, watery eyes and sneezing means pollen is back
By Whitney Williams, Meteorologist/Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
Watery eyes, sneezing and a stuffy nose; if you're experiencing these symptoms, you're not alone. People all over the Tri-States are starting to suffer from allergies.
Jason Knuffman, a doctor with Quincy Medical Group, says when temperatures get into the 50s and 60s we start seeing higher tree pollen counts. Especially in Maple, Boxelder, Cedar and Elm trees.
Knuffman says it's important to remember pollen counts are very high early in the morning.
"Pretty much before 10 o'clock in the morning, you'll see very high counts," Knuffman said. "So if you can kind of plan your day around that and do outside activities later in the day, that's helpful. Also, not drying your clothes on an outside clothes line where it can collect pollen."
Knuffman says if you're going to be outdoors doing yard work, you may need something other than your allergy medicine.
"I think it's really good to wear a mask," Knuffman said. "Especially when you mow grass or you're raking leaves or raking up the winter yard debris. The other piece of it is, you want to shower and get those clothes in the wash right away when you come in because they're just loaded down with pollen at this time of year."
Knuffman says even though it can be tempting to open up the house windows with these nicer temperatures, it will actually allow the pollen to come into your house.
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