Preparing for a spike in spring allergies


POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — April showers bring May flowers, and flowers bring spring allergies.

Some sufferers will turn to the doctor, or head to the local drugstore.

“I have hayfever right now,” said Roger Berkheiser, an allergy sufferer in Schuylkill County.

“We get this onslaught of people coming in just suffering from allergies,” said Dr. Matt Newton, Yorkville Drug Store.

Some people suffer more than others when it comes to spring allergies. You can thank your parents for that. The way you react to pollen is largely based on genetics. Those of us who have an exaggerated response will experience allergic symptoms.

On a damp day like this one, doctors say the rain helps sufferers by holding down the pollen.

“But when we get into the warmer weather next week, you can expect an increase in allergic symptoms,” said Dr. Robert DeColli, D.O., Lehigh Valley Physician Group Medical Director.

The air dries out, and pollens flies through the air. This time of year, tree pollen the biggest problem. But there are ways to prepare.

“With the increase in technology, there are ways for people to find out what the pollen counts are before going outside,” said DeColli.

Using a site like can keep you up-to-date on pollen counts around you.

Doctors say most patients can take allergy medicine as needed. But if spring allergies are like clockwork for you– then now is a good time to start an over the counter medicine to prepare for the spike in pollen.

You can get the pollen counts during our Eyewitness weather forecast starting Monday.

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