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Posted: 6:23 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013
By Meteorologist Vicki Graf
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
If you've been sneezing and coughing a little more recently, it could be your allergies. Meteorologist Vicki Graf looked into how the weather is causing the trees to bloom and making many of you miserable. Warmer temperatures are helping trees to bloom, which is causing problems for allergy sufferers in Charlotte. Eyewitness News spoke with Donald McSween, who is the city arborist of Charlotte. He said we'll see peak blooming in the next few weeks. "You have the cherry trees and the red buds, then the dogwoods will come along, then you'll have azaleas blooming," McSween said. "The next couple of weeks will be the best." While the trees are beautiful, they are keeping allergy specialist Dr. Douglas Johnston busy. "The typical allergy symptoms that we think about particularly in spring are sneezing, itchy nose, itchy watery eyes, sometimes drainage in the throat and nasal congestion," Johnston said. There are several options Johnston recommends for treatment. Over the counter treatments such as antihistamines are good for itching and sneezing. Nasal sprays help with congestion and to help develop immunities to allergies there are allergy shots. "Over time, they can be around the things they are allergic to but not have the same degree of symptoms," he said. The rain earlier this week plus warmer temperatures this weekend will lead to a burst of trees and the pollen count.
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