WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - Spring isn't the only thing in the air. Pollen has made its return and many people are starting to have allergy flare-ups as the weather becomes increasingly warmer. 2 On Your Side spoke with Dr. Robert E. Reisman of the Buffalo Medical Group to find out how to best prepare and look out for seasonal allergies.
"Everything that grows pollinates. In Buffalo there are three pollen seasons. Trees, which come early April, grass which is now - and now there's a lot of grass pollination, and then late summer what's called the red-wheat pollen, which is in September."
Reisman is an attending physician and allergist at Buffalo General Hospital and Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. He says airborne pollen is the most common source of allergies and is more potent than pollen caught on clothes.
"I can't tell you that it's worse than other years, other than it's been here longer."
According to Reisman, exposure to pollen is highest in the early morning and late evening. Grass pollen is highest mid-May to mid-June. More than 20% of the population has some form of allergy problem during the late spring and summer season. Higher temperatures in March of this year caused early pollination to start.
" Pollen allergies are very common and easy to treat," says Reisman. In most cases, over-the-counter medications and staying indoors with windows closed can relieve allergy symptoms. He advises those with serious allergies to seek out allergists and local physicians to best treat each individual case.