Dealing with pollen and allergies


If you haven’t noticed already, allergy season is back again and for the second year in a row it came early.

According to allergist Mark Murray, allergy season started a lot earlier in South Mississippi due to our mild winter.

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In late January, you could already see a dusting of tree pollen on the cars. This is more than just an annoyance. Many are already feeling the effects of ‘hay fever’ like itchy eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing. “So there are a lot of ways to treat allergies. One of the important things you want to do is identify what causes the problem and that is where an allergist can come in and be helpful. We can do allergy testing and see what your triggers are. Some things are avoidable and if you can stay away from it that will really help, but when these things are unavoidable like the tree pollens are outside there are medications that can help all the way up to allergy shots where we give you the things you are allergic to so you can work your tolerance up.”

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Kristen comes to News 25 from the chilly Midwest. She spent the last year and a half as an anchor and reporter in northern Michigan, but calls Columbus, Ohio her home. Kristen Graduated from Kent State University in 2017. During her time at Kent she worked at TV2 the student run news station and had the opportunity to travel the country covering the most recent presidential election. During her free time Kristen loves volunteering at local animal shelters and hanging out with her husband Avery. If you see Kristen out and about don’t be afraid to say “hello!” She loves to chat with new people and has never met a stranger.


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