Fall allergy season brings double whammy to Knoxville

Fall allergy season brings double whammy to Knoxville


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Allergies are a common complaint in spring, but many East Tennesseans are hit with another round of symptoms in the fall.

Allergist Dr. Don Ellenburg says Knoxville's allergy season is much worse this year than last.

"It depends on how many weather changes, how many weather fronts we have coming through here and really the pollen season and the air pollution you know. We really have lots of inversions in East Tennessee that hold the air pollution and the pollen on top of us down here in river valleys," Dr. Ellenburg said.

Levi Matthews, 10, suffers from allergies and asthma.

His mother, Madeline, says this year has been hard on him, and he struggles daily.

"You know you go outside. You take the allergy medications as prescribed and sometimes he comes back in and it's a constant sniff, sniff you know. It's just really miserable for him," she said.

Dr. Ellenburg says the cardinal symptom of allergies are:

  • Sinus pressure
  • Itching on the roof of your mouth
  • Swollen, red, or itchy eyes

"A good, solid antihistamine is great, something daily to try to do a pre-emptive strike and then take your nose to the beach every day with some Ocean nose spray or saline nose spray that will help wash some things out," Dr. Ellenburg said.

The doctor also says you don't have to spend a lot of money on a doctor's visit and prescriptions to get relief from allergies.

He says some of the best antihistamines are over the counter and your pharmacist should be able to help you with recommendations.

Knoxville ranked number one for spring allergies, according to a report from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

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