Sneezing and sniffling are common signs that indicate spring has arrived, right alongside your allergies.
This year, with unseasonably warm temperatures, allergists are seeing those symptoms much earlier than usual.
“Right now we’re on pace for the second warmest February on record ever in the Charleston area, which explains why you’re starting to see a lot of trees budding early,” Live5 meteorologist Joey Sovine said.
Dr. Meredith Moore, a local allergist at Charleston Allergy & Asthma, said trees specifically are causing spring allergy symptoms to show up earlier than expected.
“The trees that we’ve been seeing in our pollen count are cedar, we’ve been seeing some birch, bayberry and then pretty soon we’re going to start seeing the oak count,s which is what really affects a lot of allergy sufferers here in Charleston,” Moore said.
“We don’t have any rain in the forecast anytime soon so there’s nothing to flush it out so what we’re going to do is continue to build up that pollen,” Sovine said. “Each morning when you go out to your car, you’re going to continue to see more and more yellow on it. Typically, we would see that mid to late March, early April but it’s not even March first.”
Gardens and flower pots are not typically what causes these symptoms.
“Pollen producers are not typically the plants that have the big showy flowers, those plants are actually pollinated by insects,” Moore explained. “But when those flowers start coming out,…