Allergy Season in Arkansas

Allergy Season in Arkansas

If you are sniffling and sneezing, you're not alone. Spring is almost here and that means allergy season is blooming.
"I have a runny nose, my eyes are watery, throat is real scratchy." 

Ora Barton is one of many Central Arkansans who's dealing with allergies. "You hear my voice, it's gone, I've been sneezing all day long." she adds.

Dr. Rob Barrow of Your Doctor's Office in west Little Rock says a big reason Ora's allergies are out of control is mold found in old moist leaves.  Making matters worse, Ora's around allergy suffering children all day long.

"At the daycare, all the kids have it. They've been sneezing, wiping their nose, wiping my nose, it's beating me up, " said Barton.

If you're wondering why your allergies are so bad, aside from mold, it's pollen. Because the trees are blooming, they're releasing pollen into the air.

"People that are allergic to that particular pollen have an inflammatory response, and a watery, runny nose, sneezing and coughing, " said Dr. Rob Barrow.

So what can you do about it? One option is an allergy shot, but luckily that's not your only option.

"Drink lots of water. Antihistamines are useful, over the counter is fine," advises Dr. Barrow.

Dr. Barrow says you need to be careful when taking some antihistamine. They can impair your driving. By the way, if you think it's bad now, Dr. Barrow says peak allergy season will be in three weeks.
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