This Allergy Season Expected to be Tough

8 years 5 days 10 hours ago Wednesday, April 13 2011 Apr 13, 2011 Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4:53:00 PM CDT April 13, 2011 in News
By: Maggie Miller

COLUMBIA - Doctors predict allergies this spring to be worse than past years.

Because of all the precipitation mid-Missouri saw this winter, there is more moisture in the soil. The moisture nurtures plants that bloom in the spring, and in turn, causes seasonal allergies to rise.

But, there is some good news. If you don't already have allergies, it is unlikely you will acquire them this spring just because of the excess moisture. 

"Allergy is a continuum, and sort of a genetic defect that gradually builds over time. So people who have had mild allergies will probably get more allergies as they get more exposure," Dr. Alvis Barrier, ENT & Allergy Center of Missouri Allergist said.

Barrier says the most common allergies during the spring season are from trees, mold, weeds, and grass.

If you are mildly suffering from these allergies, he says to buy over-the-counter medicine. If the symptoms don't let up, visit your primary caregiver.

If you are bothered by your allergies, relief could come toward the end of May.

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