Helpful Tips for Surviving Seasonal Allergies - DatelineCarolina

Tips for Surviving Seasonal Allergies

Cameron Widerman suffers from seasonal allergies. Cameron Widerman suffers from seasonal allergies.

By Lacey Lee

Posted  Mar. 26, 2010 10:10 AM

People in South Carolina Midlands started getting hit by seasonal allergies in late February and the problem continues through the summer months when most trees, flowers, and shrubs are in bloom.

People allergic to pollen and other allergens develop symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.  That can make even doing everyday activities challenging.

USC student Cameron Widerman was tested for allergies about four years ago and found out he is allergic to everything.

"On nice days its tough to even do things like throw the football around or walk to class," said Cameron.

Doctor Charles McKenzie of the USC Health Center says Cameron is not alone.

"The majority of people we've been seeing lately have been students with allergies, maybe 20-30 percent," says Dr. McKenzie.

There are ways to help people fight seasonal allergies.  Some helpful tips are washing laundry inside, keeping pets off the furniture, cleaning the house at the beginning of spring, and showering before bed.

Other ways to help with allergies include taking an over the counter antihistamine or getting an allergy shot. 

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