The next few weeks will be a problem for allergy sufferers in East Tennessee.
Many pollens including Tree and Grass in Moderate to High levels and Knoxville is continually rated as one of the top ten allergy capitals in the U.S. One reason East Tennesseans suffer from allergies is The Great Smokey Mountain National Park which is home to over 1,500 flowering plant species.
Neal Denton with the UT Extension Office says allergy suffers will have problems the next few weeks. He says to be sure you are up-to-date on your allergy shots or medications and avoid being outdoors when pollen levels are high. Common symptoms of allergies are itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and congestion. Some people have more severe reactions including difficulty breathing, wheezing and coughing.
Over-the-counter and prescription oral antihistamines, nasal antihistamines and allergy shots are among the treatment options. If you suffer from Asthma or other breathing conditions, please check pollen levels in your area and limit your time outdoors and keep windows in your home shut.