Summer Allergies

If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies, this year has been a rough one.

Because of the harsh winter weather, some bushes, trees, and flowers bloomed later than usual, causing many things to bloom at the same time, driving up pollen counts.

Mix that in with the rain we’ve seen and you have the perfect recipe for harsh summer allergies.

“Taking a shower before bed,” said Dr. Tamar Marcotte, DO, a physician with Edward Medical Group. “When you are outside you can wear sunglasses to help with the allergens, to help avoid them getting into your eyes. A wide brimmed hat will also help protect your face from allergens.”

There is some good news for allergy sufferers. Next winter is forecasted to be mild due to the onset of El Niño, which means blooming shouldn’t be delayed and next year’s allergy season won’t be nearly as bad.

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