By: Jazmine Greene
As spring season approaches, many people are facing allergy problems. Hay-fever, also known as seasonal allergies, can cause issues for some people who want to enjoy time outdoors.
People who suffer from allergies, like University of South Carolina student Allie Robinson, know the struggles of dealing with allergies during this time of the year.
“I have a really bad runny nose. I'll go through a box of tissues in a week,” said Robinson.
Dr. Greg Black specializes in treating allergies and explain some reasons why some people may experience problems.
"Your immune system, you're bone marrow and your lymph notes and other immune tissue organs stead through out your body generate allergic antibodies," he says.
Dr. Black also says delayed allergic reactions could be caused by a long winter season.
"If it rained all spring, all spring… then we might see a weaker pollen season,” said Black.
Major contributors to allergies this time of year are trees, grass and mold. Experts say people with allergies should check pollen counts before leaving the house. But not knowing exactly what is causing your allergic reactions can lead to more problems in the future.
"I dont know what allergic too because i don't want to go and get a scratch test," said Robinson.
Dr. Black believes this a mistake because it could lead to worst allergic reactions.
"Seasonal allergies can get worse over time because your not doing anything to change the immune response. The nasal steroid sprays, the oral antihistamines, other therapies you may take, they treated your symptoms but they dont do anything to change the allergic antibody that is generated over and over," he says.
There is no know cure for hay-fever but using medications to manage your symptoms and avoiding going outside when pollination is at is highest can help allergies.
You don't, however, have to stay couped up indoors all spring. Dr. Black says there are a variety of prescriptions and over the counter medications that can lessen or even eliminate your allergy symptoms.