Spring season brings allergies for many in Charlotte

Spring season brings allergies for many in Charlotte

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 9:32 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you have allergies, you probably noticed, this is the time of year when you really see those symptoms take off. 

Charlotte is ranked No. 3  as one of the worst cities for allergy sufferers.  Area doctors say they expect it to be an average allergy season, but that isn't very comforting to allergy sufferers like Amanda Poplin.

"I have a constant runny nose, sneezing, coughing," she said. 

Earlier this year, her allergies turned in to a sinus infection.  According to Poplin, "I don't usually miss work for being sick, but it was miserable." 

Dr. Gray Norris of Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center says spring time in Charlotte can last for months. 

"This time of year, it's more the tree pollens. They come out even when it's really cold." 

He recommends monitoring the pollen county and showering before you go to bed to get rid of any pollen you might have picked up during the day. 

"Keeping the windows of your cars and home shut, don't drive with them open.  If you're going to exercise, do it in the afternoon.  Pollen counts are lower in the afternoon because you have less exposure," he said. 

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