Spring Will Bring Allergies

by Katie Jeffries on March 5, 2010 at 5:46 am

Green grass and blooming flowers may be a sight for sore eyes, but it could wreck havoc with your allergies.

Dr. Joseph Bullock with Midwest Allergy says as the snow melts and plants begin to bloom…. allergies will be bad this year. Doctor Bullock says you may have allergies if you have symptoms of a spring cold with red, itchy eyes, a runny nose and some people develop asthma.

"The best thing to do would be to try the over the counter medications that you can get from your family pharmacist. Drugs like Zyrtec, loratadine, drugs that are over the counter for hay fever and some over the counter eye drops," says Dr. Bullock.

Men tend to develop allergies around 18 months of age, whereas women develop allergies when they are 18 years old or after menopause. Doctor Bullocks says he has seen the allergies increase in the pediatric population.

"Dominant disease with incomplete penetrance, that means that you only have to have one gene to have it and you can carry the gene and not express it, that is why it often skips a generation. It is not fatal, most dominant disorders are fatal so you don’t live to reproduce. So every generation you are getting more and more allergic people because they don’t die off, they keep having more children," says Dr. Bullock.

The three most common allergens are dust mites, cats and rag weed. Dr. Bullock says if over the counter medications do not help, you may want to visit your family doctor to receive stronger medication.



Katie Jeffries