Along with the Warm Temperatures comes Something Not so Welcome

The temperature's are high. The sun's out and so is something else that's making many people miserable right now. It is pollen.

Wednesday was a gorgeous day and that brought people outside at Wasena Park in Roanoke. Some were pushing strollers. Others were riding bicycles. Along with the fresh air, though, comes something else.

"Your eyes start itching your nose starts running a little bit," said Tom Wolfe of Franklin County, who suffers from allergies.

Danyell Phelps is also suffering from allergies. "I've got a headache for the past three days just lots of pressure and ickiness," said Phelps. 

Those symptoms are compliments of mother nature. Everything is beginning to bloom right now, but surprisingly flowers are not the problem.  It's the trees including cedars, maples and oaks that are all starting to bud.


Ashtma and Allergy Center on Franklin Road in Roanoke has been a busy place.  "Over the past few weeks really with the early spring we've had a lot of pollen out there," said Dr. Dane McBride, an allergy and asthma specialist.  "A lot of people are experiencing symptoms. We're getting more calls for initial consultation and folks we follow are calling saying they're having symptoms and (asking) can we help?"

Dr. McBride suggests three ways to treat allergies:

Avoid the allergens. Stay inside.

Take medications either over the counter or prescription to alleviate symptoms.

See your doctor for allergy shots which desensitize your body to allergens.


Shots, however, take awhile to begin working. "Probably a couple of months maybe two to four months to start seeing significant improvement," Dr. McBride said.