Sunny days, warmer weather — for many, a miserable time of year

If spring allergies are hitting you harder this year, blame a wintry March.

Tim Jimenez
May 10, 2018 - 7:39 am
Dr. Albert Rohr is the chief of allergy at Main Line Health.

Tim Jimenez-KYW Newsradio


BRYN MAWR (KYW Newsradio) -- Spring is in the air and so is the pollen, leaving a lot of allergy sufferers looking for relief. 

If it feels like your spring allergies are hitting you harder and a little later this time of year, Dr. Albert Rohr, chief of allergy with Main Line Health, says that’s because of what the weather was like a few months ago.

“We had a very wintry March, so the tree pollen was a little late in coming compared to last year. We expect more of a peak in April. This season was coming a little later in April and even May before a lot of my patients were really getting hit hard with the tree pollen,” Rohr explained. “You may be seeing more overlap of different tree pollens at the same time, so it might make it a little more intense.”

And it has been a busy few weeks at Rohr’s office. 

“For some patients, it’s more of the itchy eyes that drives them crazy. Other patients, it’s more of the nasal symptoms, the sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose — and for some patients, even a little bit of asthma, wheezing, chest tightness, cough,” he said.

To tackle your symptoms, Rohr says you can take several forms of allergy treatments.

“You can take an oral antihistamine along with a cortisone type nasal spray and an allergy eye drop if you need it. All of the above depending on the nature of your symptoms,” Rohr explained.

With warmer temperatures, Rohr recommends that allergy sufferers turn their air conditioners on and leave the windows shut to keep the pollen out.