The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently released their 2016 list of ‘the most challenging places to live with spring allergies’. You might be wondering if you are suffering from allergies or have a cold with the fluctuating temperatures. The symptoms are similar-- runny noses and sneezing. Dr. Deogun, Allergy Partners of Raleigh, indicated in a recent interview the best way to tell the difference: It’s likely allergies if you’re suffering these symptoms for more than a week.
By Nick NatarioPublished: March 24, 2016, 4:47 pm Updated: March 24, 2016, 5:40 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Two Triangle cities made a list that some people probably want no part of.
Durham and Raleigh are on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America list for worst places to live with Spring allergies.
As the first week of spring rolls in, color is popping across the Bull City. But so is another un-welcomed sight.
“My car is a mess,” Durham resident Regina Lynch said. “It’s supposed to be red but it looks green.”
“Mostly sneezing,” Lynch said. “Runny noses, runny eyes.” “Itchy throat, watery eyes, my son had to break out the inhaler, and the breathing treatments,” Tankard said,
Enough of a problem to land Durham on the list.
Durham is 51 on the list and Raleigh comes in at 93.
Results that don’t surprise Allergy Partners of Raleigh’s Dr. Geetu Deogun.
“Generally we’ve had a lot of pollen in this part of the country,” Deogun said.
If you’re suffering, Deogun said over the counter medicine works for most but you may need a shot if the problem lingers.
You might be wondering if you are suffering from allergies or have a cold with the fluctuating temperatures. The symptoms are similar with runny noses and sneezing. Experts said the best way to tell the difference: It’s likely allergies if you’re suffering these symptoms for more than a week.
El Niño is another allergy factor this year.
It created a warmer, wetter winter.
Experts say you’re out of luck if you were hoping for a shorter allergy season.
“It means that the trees will just start blooming sooner,” Deogun said. “They need their trigger from the warmth, sunlight and the rain, so they might start pollinating earlier and last longer.”
As for the worst place for spring allergies, the study shows it’s Jackson, Mississippi.
To find out if your area made the list, click here.