Allergies prevalent in Baltimore right now

Posted at 6:20 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 18:20:37-04

Some come to the tot lot in Rodgers Forge prepared for the sneezing and sniffling.

"I do have allergies so I take medication, nose spray and Claritin, because if I don't, I sneeze and runny nose and it's annoying," said Gosia Baker.

While others, like Biliana Borimetchkova, weather the virtually invisible storm.

"Itching in my throat and nose and runny nose and I took antibiotics and it didn't cure it.  So the doctor said it was allergies and it's increasing almost every morning."

Just like the pollen counts with the recent dry, windy weather here, primarily from trees, that not only dust the hood of your car, but also your nasal passages.

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"I didn't have allergies before. It started increasing in the last two years," said Borimetchkova.

By the Weather Channel's count, Baltimore has seen its pollen counts jump from 52 to more than 5,200 in the last week alone and the lawns haven't really taken off yet.

"If you allergic to pollen from trees and grasses then that's a double whammy for you," said Dr. Alvin Sanico who heads up the Asthma Sinus Allergy Program at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, "The first step is really to try to identify the causes of your allergy symptoms or asthma symptoms or even sinus-related symptoms, and it's easy to achieve that by doing testing.  It would take 20 minutes for us to see the result."

Sanico says once you identify, which allergens are effecting you, whether it's pollen, molds, dander, dust mites or some combination of them---you can begin treating or preventing the symptoms.

Rain helps to knock down the pollen in the air, but the relief will only be temporary.

We still have a few months of spring left, and much more to come.

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