Start of Spring Brings Allergy Problems

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The transition from winter to spring can be a beautiful time of year. But for allergy-sufferers, it can be downright dreadful. Coughing and sneezing can be the some of the sounds of spring, at least for those suffering from seasonal allergies. According to ear, nose and throat doctor, Dr. Karl Studtmann, Tennessee can be a prime spot for it. “It comes with the territory,” said Dr. Studtmann. “Tennessee tends to be a very intense allergy area simply because there’s lots of ‘stuff’ in the air. Whether it’s mold spores, or pollens or whatever.” And the “stuff” that is especially bothersome in the early spring is tree pollen – courtesy of what Dr. Studtmann says is a springtime special recipe. “A little bit of rain helps everything to grow. The warmer weather helps everything to pollinate,” said Studtmann. But with flowers and trees in full-bloom, there’s still quite a bit of misconception. People frequently come into the office saying ‘I’ve got sinus” – and they mean they’ve got an infection,” said Studtmann. “But in reality it’s not an infection at all. They might have even been treated with several rounds of antibiotics but never improved. In fact that’s a good indication that it’s probably not an infection.” So instead of treating allergies like an infection, Dr. Studtmann recommends first trying over-the-counter antihistamines. “There’s a number of them that are very effective and I do recommend they take them on a daily basis in this time period,” said Dr. Studtmann. “If that doesn’t work, there are prescription medications that can work as well.” And as far as a daily tablespoon of honey? “I’ve got a lot of people that swear by taking local honey everyday,” said Dr. Studtmann. “I don’t think there’s any good day to say if it works or not, but it sure isn’t going to hurt – and it tastes good!”

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