Experts say to prepare for bad allergy season – here’s what to know

News 12 Meteorologist Alex Calamia says people might start to feel the effects this week due to dry weather leading to a spike in pollen.

Bob Doda and Alex Calamia

Apr 4, 2023, 10:25 PM

Updated 420 days ago

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It’s allergy season – and experts say it’s expected to be a bad one.
News 12 Meteorologist Alex Calamia says people might start to feel the effects this week due to dry weather leading to a spike in pollen.
"A lot of times people will blame flowers for their allergies, but a lot of times it’s the stuff you don’t see that creates pollen – like maple. That’s going to be big this week. Juniper…these plants don’t rely on pollinators to spread their pollen,” he said. “It’s all airborne. They produce a lot of it."
Dr. Dipak Chandy, with Westchester Medical Center, tells patients to start taking a non-sedating antihistamine before symptoms start. But if symptoms have already begun, a non-sedating antihistamine can help lessen them.
"If you've got a well-established post-nasal drip, nasal congestion, things like that – you may also need some nasal steroid spray," said Chandy.
News 12’s Nadia Galindo has more on how to beat the allergy season.


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