Fox 23: How to Prevent Allergy Symptoms During Spring Weather
Allergy triggers seem to be hidden everywhere this time of year in South Mississippi.
Tree, grass and ragweed pollen can cause congestion, headaches and runny nose for some people across the Pine Belt.
“The body is recognizing the pollen as something it needs to respond to – when in fact it is harmless and it is leading to a cascade of triggers that leads to allergy symptoms,” said Hattiesburg Clinic Allergy Asthma and Immunology specialist Dr. Blake Olmsted.
He says symptoms between allergies and a cold can be a bit tricky.
“With colds you’re more likely to experience more fevers, chills, some muscle aches to go along with the muscle symptoms. Time of year is important. In the wintertime we see more colds. In the spring with the pollen, with more clear, watery secretions – along with sneezing, and itching of the nose and eyes, its more likely to be allergies.”