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.

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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