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Allergy Season Wears Out its Welcome in St. Louis

Fred Bodimer
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The prediction for a bad allergy season seems to hitting the nail on the nose this time.

Allergies are really hitting hard right now, delayed a bit following a terribly cold winter than ran through March.

“The tree pollens usually go March through April, so we are getting an intense tree pollen exposure delayed by two or four weeks,” says allergist Ray Davis of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “Normally, tree pollen stops by the beginning of May and they’re still out and my patients are really complaining a lot. It’s been intense.”

Davis says you have three solutions: avoidance, which is hard with pollens, over-the-counter medications and allergy shots for the most severe allergies. There is an FDA-approved dissoluble pill to treat grass and ragweed pollens as well.

He encourages the pills three months prior to your seasonal allergy. So, it’s too late this year to start them for grass pollen, but just the right time to start pills for ragweed pollen, which hits hard here between August and September.

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