Local Allergist Predicts Harsh Allergy Season

The harsh winter we've had is expected to have a big effect on the upcoming allergy season, according to experts.

Experts say that since this year's warm weather has been delayed, so trees are expected to bloom all at once.

Some trees have already started to bloom. Tree allergens most common in Eastern Carolina are the Red Cedar, Elm, Pine and Juniper Trees. Those trees are expected to be in full bloom in the next few weeks.

WITN visited an allergist in Greenville for some tips on how to combat allergies this season..

Dr. Sherif Taha with the Allergy Partners of Eastern Carolina said, "Start your medicine a week or two before the start of the season. A lot of studies now have shown that if you start to take your medicine, either your allergy pill or your nasal spray or your allergy shots, before the start of the season that will have a big effect on the amount of symptoms you have."

Dr. Taha also said that using your air conditioner will help cut down on the severity of symptoms as well.

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