Allergy season has arrived with all the sneezing and sniffling

Lynne Adkins
April 22, 2019 - 4:00 am
Sneezing.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pollen is everywhere and it's making us miserable.

With tree pollen season happening now, followed by grass and then ragweed season, we won't get a break until late fall. 

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Dr. Albert Rohr, chief of allergy and immunology at Main Line Health, says if going outside makes you sneeze, that doesn't mean you're doomed to have a food or medication allergy, but there are exceptions.

"There are some interesting links between certain foods and certain pollens. People who are allergic to birch pollens often get an itchy mouth when they eat fresh apples, but if the apples are cooked they don't have any symptoms at all. Likewise, ragweed pollen can give people an itchy mouth when they eat cantaloupe," Rohr said. 

He says there are a lot of medications now available over the counter you used to be able to get by prescription only.