Allergies in full swing, not slowing down for summer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – For those who have allergies, it could make this time of the year miserable.

Some people are even forced to stay inside instead of enjoying the warm weather outside, people like Sharon Gomer.

“I have nasal stuffiness. I feel like I’m talking nasally, but my husband says I’m not,” said Gomer, a patient at TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

With allergy season in full swing, Gomer said this time of the year can be tough, especially when spending any time outdoors.

“This season my symptoms have greatly increased,” she told News 2.

Dr. G. Lee Bryant Jr., an allergy specialists like at TriStar Summit Medical Center, said Gomer is not alone.

“Typically in the early summer we tend to slow down a little bit, but this year, we’ve not seen that slow down yet,” said Dr. Bryant.

He added, “It seems like with the pollen count being so high and the air quality, our clinics have been overflowing.”

According to experts, this spring has been very difficult for allergy sufferers for a variety of reasons.

For example, very high pollen counts and a rising air quality index contribute to the conditions. Even living in the Middle Tennessee region is a contributing factor.

“We sit very low in the geographic basin. We have three interstates that trisect our city and lots of pollution,” Dr. Bryant explained.

While spring showers could help lower the pollen count, experts point to several things allergy suffers can do besides taking medication to keep symptoms at bay, especially while outdoors.

“Plants tend to pollinate in the morning and that’s a time that could be rough. If someone is a jogger, probably better not to jog in the morning hours,” said Dr. Bryant. “I tell patients consider wearing a mask when they mow their grass.”

Experts also advise keeping your windows closed and to use air conditioning both in the car and at home.

It could also help to shower and wash your clothes after you’ve been outside for a while.

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