Spring allergies take toll on many Middle Tennesseans

Spring allergies take toll on many Middle Tennesseans (Image 1)

After getting a late start on the warm weather, many Middle Tennesseans now suffer from spring allergies.  

Nashville’s News 2 recently visited Vanderbilt’s Allergy Sinus and Asthma Program Clinic where Dr. Robert Valet explained how healthcare professionals determine pollen count.

A pollen counter, which resembles a weather vane, captures exactly what is blowing around in the air.

“The air gets down through [the pollen counter] and the pollen gets placed on a sticky side and gets caught. Then you can look at it and make the counts,” Valet explained.

He said they often capture tree pollen, which affects a large number of residents across Middle Tennessee.

“We joke that if I had a quarter for every time someone says I was fine until I moved to Middle Tennessee, well, we’d have a lot of quarters,” Valet laughed.

To help beat seasonal allergies, the doctor said there are a number of options besides over-the-counter anti-histamine medications.

“For people failing those kind of treatments, it might be a good time to come in and see an allergist. Get tested to find out what you are allergic to,” Valet explained.

He added that cold temperatures helped delay spring bloom, but he expects to see the pollen counter picking up grass pollen in the near future.

“Later on in the summer, ragweed is an important thing many people are allergic to,” Valet said.

For more information or to make an appointment with Vanderbilt’s Allergy Clinic, click here.

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