Tree, grass pollen peaking this week

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 5:40 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Warmer temperatures are a welcome change after a brutal winter.  

With Spring-like temperatures, come blooming trees and flowers. Allergies have peaked this week, as they usually do at the end of April.

Stockley Gardens in Norfolk was busy with people outside enjoying the weather Friday.

Brady Arthur said he had to keep his little boy home from school since pollen allergies kept him up all night.   

"We both suffer from it. Awful congestion, bad headaches, it's just terrible," Arthur said.

Allergy and Asthma Specialist Dr. Gary Moss says tree pollen and grass pollen are peaking this week. Come August, there will be another peak that will keep his waiting room packed.

"It's a really allergenic area. Hampton Roads is the number one purchaser of a drug for allergic asthma called Xolair," Moss said.  

Moss says people who do not suffer as heavily from allergies can take over-the-counter medications.

However, if you moved here and feel you can't take the symptoms, allergy shots in advance of allergy season will be your best protection.

Experts say take prescribed medicine as directed to keep the sniffles, sneezes and itchy eyes in check.

Moss says that there is a new sub-lingual tablet that was approved this week by the FDA as an effective substitute to allergy shots.

"They're one week too late. We could use that now. It's much less painful," says Dr. Moss.

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