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Weather affecting allergy season

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The weather is changing the pattern of blooming on the Grand Strand, affecting allergy season.

Every allergy season is different, and this year, doctors say it is more concentrated. Many people who do not usually suffer from allergy symptoms could find themselves coughing and sneezing through the spring.

A warmer winter had trees pollinating earlier than usual, covering cars and making many people pack the pharmacy aisles for over the counter medicine.

"You'll see different things blooming according to what the temperature patterns are," explains Nicholas Pennings, D.O., a family practitioner with Access Medical Plus.

While warm weather pushed pollen from trees earlier, a colder start to spring is delaying grass growth.

"Pretty soon, grass will be releasing allergens," says Dr. Pennings.

Meaning, this allergy season could have you sneezing even longer. However, it is not just allergies making you feel under the weather.

"Right now, we have both cold and allergies happening. It's important to distinguish between both cold and allergy symptoms," explains Dr. Pennings.

According to Dr. Pennings, both will give you a stuffy nose, cough and congestion. The different is itchiness versus achiness. Aches and pains are a sign of a cold, which should be treated by a doctor. But, some allergies can be relieved by over the counter medicine.

Dr. Pennings says most medicine sold in a pharmacy for allergies should make you feel better within 4-5 days.

"When you're not able to control it [your allergy symptoms] with those, you need to consider allergy injections or other types of treatments," says Dr. Pennings.

According to the staff at Access Medical Plus, over-the-counter medicine covers your symptoms, but does not cure them. Shots and treatments can build up your immune system over time so you are no longer affected by allergies.

For those looking for a natural treatment, doctors recommend you have some local honey every day. The closer the honey is made to your house, the better. Those bees are making the honey with the same pollen that is giving you allergies. So, doctors say, over time your body will not be as affected by them.

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