WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Dealing With Seasonal Allergies
March 14, 2014

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox About 10 to 30 percent of people suffer from allergic rhinitis each year.

Sniffles, sneezing, congestion, itchy, watery eyes-- they're all annoying but common seasonal allergy symptoms.

Zac Doss said he usually gets "annoying" mucus in the back of his throat.

For Doss, it's not too bothersome, but does affect his singing voice.

"I lead worship service at church, so allergy season is never fun, on a Sunday morning, especially in the mornings," he said.

Spring allergy season tends to start when the temperatures start getting warm.

"Pollens don't like cold air, so they aren't really released until it starts getting warm," Dr. Meagan Shepherd, an allergist and immunologist with Marshall Pediatrics said.

First comes tree pollen. In late spring, it's grass pollen, and in late summer, weeds. The harsh winter could actually cause a harsher-than-usual allergy season.

"If you have a prolonged winter, and then a lot of rain, and then a rapid warming up of the weather, that's when pollen levels get highest," Shepherd said.

She recommends avoidance, but if that's not possible, stay inside early in the day.

"When you are outdoors, try not to touch your eyes and your nose frequently, because pollens that you encounter you will then transfer to this area if you are touching it a lot," she said.

When you come inside, rinse and wash your hands thoroughly, and shower each night before you go to bed.

She said if you find yourself frequently buying over the counter medicine to treat symptoms that interfere with your life, you should check in with an allergist to see what you're allergic to, and how to treat it.

"It's very easy, actually. We can do a simple skin test. That's the most sensitive ways to determine allergy tests. It's a very brief procedure," she said.

If you're prescribed seasonal allergy medicine, now's the time to start taking it.

"They really need to be done daily to prevent symptoms," Shepherd said.

To find out more about how to check out pollen counts in your area, log on to:

Copyright ©2014 WCHS-TV Eyewitness News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Food Revolution Now streaming video August 22, 2014
Local Foods Conference Healthy For Life Story and Video


Food Revolution Now streaming video August 8, 2014
Take Precautions To Prevent Hot Vehicle Deaths Healthy For Life Story and Video

Food Revolution Now streaming video August 1, 2014
Marshall Student Garden Healthy For Life Story and Video

Food Revolution Now streaming video July 25, 2014
Back-To-School Vaccines Healthy For Life Story and Video

See the Healthy For Life Archive

Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site

Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.