In the news: Allergy season was that bad
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“The onset of grass pollen, the major summertime allergen, started three to four weeks early in mid-April and continued through July, said Dr. Jennifer Lee, a physician at The Everett Clinic who specializes in treating allergy patients.
“There was no reprieve for many weeks in a row,” Lee said. “There were a lot of patients saying, ‘This is the worst season. I haven't felt this bad ever.' ”
“What I see happen is everybody is miserable when pollen counts are high,” Lee said.
If patients struggle with allergies, they should make a medical appointment when they don't have symptoms to better prepare for the next allergy season, she said. “It's much better to have a pre-emptive plan in place, like starting medications before the grass pollen count gets really high.”
People can take simple steps to try to reduce their exposure to pollens, said Dr. Brett Buchmiller, a fellow allergy and asthma specialist at The Everett Clinic. He said he often advises patients to try to avoid outdoor morning hours when pollen counts are higher. If you do go out, change your clothes and shower when your activities are completed.
Lee told Ben and his mom, Marielle Harrington, that the plan for his allergy relief would probably include using a nasal spray January through July, itch-reducing eye drops and antihistamines when the waves of pollen hit in the spring.