Central New York

Wild Weather Swings Have an Effect on Seasonal Allergies

Dr. Jennifer McCaul says pollen counts are highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. ©2018 Michelle Houston

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By Michelle Houston Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — The city of Syracuse has experienced several changes in weather this week. There were days of high temperatures and humidity. There were also days of heavy rain and flooding. This shift in weather can have an impact on those with seasonal allergies.

Most say allergy season is in the spring. For some people, allergies are still a problem in the summer. Dr. Jennifer McCaul with Syracuse University Health Services says allergies are worse in warm, windy and dry weather.

“And then they’re better when it’s cool and rainy because the rain tends to kind of wash the pollen out of the air,” said McCaul.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as CDC, says more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.

According to pollen.com, the top allergens in Syracuse are currently grass and plantains. Pollen.com says plantains are plants that shed pollen. Dr. McCaul says avoiding substances that trigger reactions can be helpful.

“You know you don’t have to stay inside the whole summer but you should be aware of what kinds of pollens are out what you’re allergic to if necessary,” said McCaul.

Those that struggle with seasonal allergies can check pollen levels, to know which areas to avoid.

There are several treatments available for allergic reactions. Reactions can vary from itchy eyes, sneezing, and additional symptoms.

The CDC says allergies are the sixth leading sickness in the United States.