LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It’s that time of year and you may be feeling miserable. Spring is here and that means allergies come along with it for some.
Louisville is consistently is ranked one of the worst cities for seasonal allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked Louisville the Number 6th spring allergy capital for 2019.
Allergies are so bad for people in the Louisville area because of geography and climate. We're tucked between hills to our north and south, which allows stagnant air to trap allergens like pollen. Our area's average temperature and precipitation are great for tree, grass and weed growth - all pollen culprits.
In our area right now, grass and tree pollen are causing issues, according to Dr. Dawn Courtenay from Norton Healthcare.
“Pollen is everywhere when it rains it kind of washes away a little bit," Dr. Courtenay said. "But, ultimately right now everything is blooming so there is a lot of pollen. Just taking some over the counter antihistamines like Zyrtec, Claritin and some over the counter nasal spray is fine but if it’s really bothering you I suggest getting allergy tested.”
Doctors at Norton Healthcare said mild seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing or runny nose, itchy or red eyes, or sore throat, often can be treated with over-the-counter medications. However, more severe symptoms may require a visit to a health care provider.