Allergy season starting up in East Tennessee

Allergy season starting up in East Tennessee

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The pollen has just started to come out again, and it's already causing major problems for allergy sufferers. The pollen has just started to come out again, and it's already causing major problems for allergy sufferers.
Dr. Ty Prince , an allergist with Knoxville's Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, says the pollen started coming out in the last week. Dr. Ty Prince , an allergist with Knoxville's Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, says the pollen started coming out in the last week.
Dr. Prince recommends that allergy sufferers not wait until they are at their worst before taking allergy medication. Dr. Prince recommends that allergy sufferers not wait until they are at their worst before taking allergy medication.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Allergy season is once again hitting East Tennessee.

The pollen has just started to come out again, and it's already causing major problems for allergy sufferers.

Dr. Ty Prince, an allergist with Knoxville's Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, says the pollen started coming out in the last week.

"This last weekend, we saw a lot more people having problems and getting a lot more phone calls," said Prince.

He's already seen dozens of patients with the spring allergy symptoms just in the last few days.

"Nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing. Some people get fatigue along with their allergies as well too," said Prince.

He says some allergy sufferers may also experience body aches and even a low grade temperature.

Recent up and down temperatures changes are making things even harder.

"The weather change, the barometric pressure change, the temperature change, those all play a role especially in our allergic patients. People who are already allergic and have their airways inflamed are going to be a lot more sensitive to those changes," said Dr. Prince.

The temperature roller coaster is expected to continue over the next week.

"People will probably have a lot more nasal congestion and sinus pressure with those changes," said Prince.

He recommends that allergy sufferers not wait until they are at their worst before taking allergy medication.

"Antihistamines for the runny, sneezy symptoms. Decongestants for the stuffy symptoms," said Prince.

Dr. Prince says some easy ways to ward off allergy symptoms include staying indoors as often as possible, making sure your filter in your central heating and air unit is clean and also keeping your car windows rolled up when driving.

He says if you're a longtime allergy sufferer and medicines don't seem to be working, it may be time to look at getting allergy shots.

For more information, contact the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center at (865) 584-0962 or by visiting their website.

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