Doctors warn of 'perfect storm' for allergy sufferers this year
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WAUWATOSA - Last year, the warm and incredibly early spring triggered a quick start to the allergy season. Allergy sufferers were hopeful that this year would be better due to our slow start to spring, but that certainly isn’t the case.
“It feels like I have to sneeze,” six-year-old Harrison Kinney tells TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka.
Sniffling, itchy eyes and coughing are some of the symptoms that are making Harrison and many others suffer this spring. His mom, Allie Gerschke Kinney, noticed a quick change in Harrison.
”It feels like we went from snow right to allergies,” she said.
A sudden spike in stuffiness has spread across southeastern Wisconsin, sparked by the delayed start to spring. Advanced Ear, Nose & Throat Otolaryngologist Dr. Madan Kandula noticed the trees pollinating almost all at once.
“Usually it’s a bit more of a drawn out process," Kandula said. "So right now it's a big punch of the tree pollen that's starting to go and its going big time so a lot of folks are really getting hit with that.”
Dr. Kandula says that tree pollen counts are roughly 10 times higher than an average year.
“It's kind of the perfect storm right now for trouble now and it probably will be for as this year rolls through,” he said.
And that outlook is sending more people to the pharmacy and to ear, nose and throat doctors. Some sufferers are even opting for special procedures to get relief.
“Their sinus openings are just kind of pinching down for them, so what we're trying to do is basically just open up those sinus passages so what that balloon sinuplasty does is get in those key spots and we dilate those openings,” he said.
Harrison is warming up to over-the-counter solutions, like the nasal spray Dr. Kandula is recommending for him. That remedy may come in handy because as the tree pollens decrease, the grass and weed pollens will start to increase.