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Health experts expect massive pollen boom this week

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

With spring weather starting to settle into the Carolinas, temperatures aren't the only numbers going up… so is the pollen count.

Health experts expect for the pollen count to rise extremely high as the week continues because of the bitter and wet winter in the Carolinas.

Esther Farnham is one of millions of Americans that suffer from allergies.

"I'm allergic to grass, different types of trees, pollen and dust mites," she said.

Farnham stopped by the Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center, Monday, to get several shots ahead of this week's expected pollen boom.

She says this time of year is especially tough on her.

"When I first moved to Charlotte from Washington DC I really wrestled with allergies, so much so, I considered making a move," said Farnham.

Dr. Gray Norris with the Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center says he's seen an increase in patients in the past couple of weeks, but he expects that number to grow even higher in the next coming days.

"With the cold weather we had and the very warm trend we have coming, I think pollen will be very high. I would expect it to be higher than it has been in the past few years because everything is coming out at one time," said Dr. Norris.

That includes tree and grass pollens.

Typical allergy symptoms include itchy eyes and nose, congestion, sneezing and coughing.

Dr. Norris says avoiding outdoor activities during the day is the best plan if you're allergic to pollen.

"Peak pollination is windy, dry days. If you're going to be outside, if there's still dew in the grass, that's a good time to go," said Dr. Norris.

He also recommends a nasal cortisone spray for folks that have to be outside during peak times.

As for Farnham, she says she'll continue to get her shots, so allergies won't hold back her active lifestyle.

"For anyone wrestling with seasonal allergies, if this is something that continues to bother you, the shots are a great option. It's been very helpful for me and life changing for my children as well," said Farnham.

If you suffer from allergies, health experts recommend you get tested to help identify and treat the triggers that cause allergic reactions.

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