Beating allergies: How to limit the impact on you

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – With Spring right around the corner, many across the East will be suffering once again from allergies. An estimated 17 million adults, and another 7 million kids, suffer from allergies in the U.S.

For people like Elizabeth Noel, allergies can sometimes lead to further illness. She said she just got off antibiotics for a sinus infection.

“I thought it was viral, I thought it was going to go away. I thought it was allergies,” Noel said. “And then allergies eventually turned into a sinus infection for me unfortunately.”

Dr. Sherif Taha with Allergy Partners of Eastern Carolina, said often times allergies can lead to further problems.

“The underlying factor for many patients who have recurring sinus infections are allergies,” he said.

He said while allergies can be a nuisance, there are ways to limit their impacts. He recommended closing windows and using the air condition, cleaning and wiping off pollen from clothing, and going to a doctor before things got worse.

He also said you need to be careful about when you’re outside.

“Usually the highest level of pollen is from 5 a.m. in the morning until 9 a.m.,” he said.

Amanda Jackson said her daughter, Nakiahya, can’t play outside for as long as other kids because of allergies. She said Nakiahya is allergic to just about everything under the sun.

“She wants to be outside with the other kids, and you just have to monitor her because she doesn’t understand that she can’t run and play,” Jackson said.

Dr. Taha said if you’re planning a vacation, now isn’t a bad time to go to the coast, as pollen levels are normally lower near the beach.

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