Allergy sufferers say symptoms are worse this year


by KING 5 HealthLink

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 10 at 8:12 PM

Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing. If that sounds like you, then you already know we're in the peak of grass pollen season. This summer patients are complaining their allergy symptoms seem worse than usual - and with good reason.

“Maybe I need to move somewhere nicer—no trees.”

Summer means only one thing to asthma and allergy sufferer Amy Sheldon.

“Like I need to live in a bubble ‘cause I can’t go outside as much since then you start coughing and sneezing a lot more,” said Sheldon.

“People suffer though this stuff and I don’t not how they do it. It’s tough,” said Dr. David Naimi at the Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center.

Dr. Naimi says it's especially tough right now.

“Warm dry weather, sometimes a little breeze or a little wind. When you get that combination in the middle of spring and summer, that’s a perfect recipe for increased pollen in their air. So we’re seeing a lot of patients coming in, particularly on those warm dry days,” said Dr. Naimi.

“This year was particularly bad,” said Sheldon.

Dana Nakashima's son Ty suffers from allergies year round.

“Dust mites dogs, all of the tree pollen, grass and all of the weed pollens, so he has allergies to pretty much everything.”

“Even with the allergy shots, we were still seeing allergy symptoms,” said Nakashima.

Fortunately with treatment Ty is doing much better, but this is one family that prefers January to July.

“When it rains, that definitely reduces the amount of pollen in the air, so that helps reduce the symptoms as well,” said Nakashima.

Other ways to reduce your symptoms: keep windows closed and avoid going outdoors from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. when pollen levels are at their peak.

Related links:

Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center