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Allergy season hitting Central New Yorkers hard

If you have itchy eyes, an itchy throat, and post-nasal drip, you’re not alone. Allergy season is hitting Central New Yorkers hard this year.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - If you have itchy eyes, an itchy throat, and post-nasal drip, you’re not alone.

Allergy season is hitting Central New Yorkers hard this year.

Doctors say they’re seeing more people than normal with allergy symptoms this year.

“This year we're seeing it a bit more - and it's really been in the last week to 10 days,” said Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Upstate University Hospital Dr. Kaushal Nanavati.

That's because while trees like oaks, beeches and ashes are in full bloom, grasses are starting to become a problem too.

One thing that could provide relief for those who are prone to allergy symptoms is rain.

“The stamens releasing the pollen need dry conditions to do so – so I think if there's a fair amount of regular rain or really moist conditions, you don't have as much pollen movement in the air,” said SUNY-ESF Professor Donald Leopold.

It's been an extra dry May, however, with 3/4 of an inch below normal rainfall. In addition, windy conditions and a lack of humidity have set up adverse conditions for the allergy prone.

Although allergies may have you reaching for medicine, beware of over-the-counter antihistamines and nose sprays.

Doctors say those can be dangerous if they’re used as long-term solutions.

People with persistent symptoms should call their doctor.

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