MEDFORD, Ore. — The flowers and trees in the Rouge Valley can be easy on the eyes but hard on the sinuses. Allergy sufferer Mike Brown knows all too well as he walked his dog Monday morning.
“Never had an allergies. None, absolutely none. Come here, Boom! It’s like the waters let loose,” said Brown.
He’s not alone. Those enjoying the day at Bear Creek Park also complained of allergies and said they first started noticing symptoms at the beginning of March. Brown said he has all the symptoms.
“Total blockage of the nose, extreme discomfort at night for sleeping,” said Brown.
Trouble sleeping in the spring is a sign of allergies and doctors say it can lead to sleep apnea.
“When they breathe, normally, they would have their mouth closed and they would mostly breathe through their nose. But, if your nose is really clogged up or really congested, you can’t breathe through your nose. For one thing, people who may open their mouth may snore,” said Dr. Julian Bell of Providence Medford Medical Center.
Doctors said the size of the particle determines where it lands, and being a larger size particle when compared to smoke, pollen hits right at your sinuses.
“50 microns for most pollen, so it lands like right in your eyes or back of your throat,” said Dr. Bell.
Over the counter, prescription and even air filtration units can all improve the impact of allergies, but brown knows, it’s just part of spring in southern Oregon.
“I had to go get actual prescribed medication to try to get some of this under control. It hasn’t been easy, but I live with it because I love Oregon,” said Brown.