Allergy Season Begins in Rogue Valley

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Allergy season is in full swing for many Rogue Valley residents. Now that it’s spring, it also means pollen is in the air. In the last couple of weeks, local doctors are seeing patients coming in needing allergy relief.

The Allergy and Asthma Center of Southern Oregon says it’s the middle of tree pollen season. Right now, elm, alder and birch trees are starting to pollinate. Come April, oak trees will start to bloom and then in May comes grass pollen.

Doctors say most over the counter anti-histamines and nasal spray’s work, but if those don’t do the trick, local allergists can provide other methods like allergy shots. They suggest keeping your windows closed and washing your clothes in hot water. Pollen can get everywhere.

“The physical property, it’s very buoyant and they’re very fell dispersed, even in indoor environments. So, wearing a mask isn’t real beneficial for most people if pollen is really what they’re trying to avoid,” Dr. Kevin Parks at the Allergy and Asthma Center.

Doctors say masks won’t help if you’re trying to avoid pollen. Though, it works to avoid dust during construction or cleaning. The center recommends seeing a doctor if you’re noticing more coughing, wheezing or chest tightness. They say it could be signs of something more than just allergies.