A tough allergy season hits WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Allergy season is in full swing. Many people have been suffering. Constant sneezing, a stuffy nose and watery eyes are common symptoms for many.

Allergist Dr. Andrew Green said when you compare this pollen season with last year, it is worse.

“This year we haven’t had as much rain. It’s dry and as a result the pollen flies and lands in our nose” said Dr. Green.

The long and cold winter caused tree pollen to bloom later. As a result tree and grass pollen were budding at the same time causing problems for allergy sufferers.

“For those individuals who suffer from tree pollen allergies and grass pollen allergies they had a continuous rough go of it” said Dr. Green.

In Western New York grass pollen season ends in the beginning of July. Then around mid-August ragweed starts pollinating.

People looking ease their allergic reactions can take over the counter medications or nasal sprays.

“As far as an effective long term treatment for people who have significant pollen allergies that is not adequately controlled to their satisfaction with the medications that are available, desensitization or what’s called immunotherapy is available”.

Dr. Green explained that patients can see a doctor for allergy shots and there’s a new alternative.

In April the FDA approved a new dissolvable tablet for grass and ragweed allergy sufferers. Doctors say it’s most effective if it’s taken daily.

Patients would need to start taking it four months before the pollen season begins and then all the way until the allergy season is over.

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