Warm temperatures bring misery to allergy sufferers

Warm temperatures bring misery to allergy sufferers (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) The birds are chirping, lawns are getting their first mow and allergy sufferers are wondering when and if spring will ever end.

Spring came early this year with record high temperatures in March. With those high temps came signs of spring, welcome to many. For thousands spring is a double-edge sword that comes with swollen eyes, stuffy noses, coughs and a desire to stay in bed.

“Really itchy eyes- especially in the spring on windy days” is a top complaint for Dr. Libby Kelly, who specializes in allergies and asthma. Spring is her busiest time of the year and this year is no different.

“Each time we get a little snow it helps for a few days, but those big winds coming through the valley before the storms are pretty intense for people,” Kelly said.

This year pollen counts are high, likely no higher than usual, just earlier.

Many people have never formally been tested but know when the pollen count inches up.

One woman, visiting from Las Vegas, was taking a walk in Salt Lake’s Liberty Park Tuesday. She said she woke up with swollen eyes.

“I don't know what it is this time of year I’m allergic to, I just know I’m allergic to something," she said.

If you are itchy and congested March through May, the odds are you have an allergy to tree pollen.

“The trees are very high right now. Come the first of May, the grasses will start pollinating” Kelly said. She said there is a small break until grasses start again in August, also known as the kick-off-of-hay-fever season.

“Each person” Kelly said, “has different responses to allergies.” For one, over-the-counter medications are enough. Others will need to see a doctor for further treatments, including shots that help with the immune system over time.

Noelia Deleon is a full-time nanny and insists allergies are the only thing that bring on the exhausted look. Tuesday afternoon she was having a picnic in the park with the kids she cares for -- the same kids who told her this morning she looked tired.

Deleon calls her kids “the lucky ones, no allergies.” Kelly warns no is safe. Outdoor allergies can start and stop at any age.

“A lot of people change through their life. Some people get better with age; some people get new onset in the middle of life.”

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