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May 01

Allergy Symptoms and Video

Allergies and Pollen Soar

Updated: Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 10:41 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

VIDEO LINK: http://www.my9tv.com/dpp/news/new_jersey/allergies-and-pollen-soar?CMP=201204_emailshare  

MY9TV.COM, Christine Persichette, Staff Reporter

MY9TV.COM - It's been a miserable season for allergy suffers this spring. Pollen seems to be everywhere you turn. Here's Christine Persichette with tips you need to get through the unwelcome symptoms.

Notice your car is dirtier than usual, this is a sign of the season, the allergy season. And this year allergy season came on fast and furiously.

Kathy Voerg is dealing with horrible symptoms these days.

"At night i'm wheezing- then during the day it's sneezing and shortness of breath," she said.

And her eyes are watery all the time. She says this year is by far the worst. So the longtime allergy sufferer visits her doctor every 2 weeks.

Dr. Leonard Bielory is an allergy specialist at Rutgers. He says this allergy season started earlier and will end later.

"Because of the dryness we've seen this year things have pollinated earlier. The pollen counts this year came out in February into the thousands, never seen before." he explained.

Tree pollen allergies usually don't start until April and May, but it's been going strong for 2 months now. Evidence of it can be seen on your car that yellow powder is pollen. 

Dr. Bielory has some tips to get through the season. First, if you don't have to be outside, don't. Second, when you're inside either your house or your car, keep the windows closed. And last, wash your hair before going to bed because the pollen sticks to it. 

As for Kathy, she's already looking forward to the cold weather.

"For the winter I'll be ok haha!"

And one more thing for those suffering with allergies, no surprise here, there's an app for that. Ipollencount will help you keep track of what's bugging you so you can better deal with it. In springfield, Christine Persichette, The New O' Clock News.

 

Source: http://www.my9tv.com

 


April 29

Dirty car? Suffering from allergies?

Click the link below to watch a news clip about allergy sympotms and why it is so bad this year. 

VIDEO LINK: http://www.my9tv.com/dpp/news/new_jersey/allergies-and-pollen-soar?CMP=201204_emailshare


April 28

Tree pollen spike

Tree Pollen Spike Has Allergy Sufferers Hurting

Updated: Friday, 20 Apr 2012, 1:55 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 20 Apr 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - This spring, the sounds of the season include coughing, sneezing and wheezing.

That's because allergy season came on fast and furiously and worse than ever.

An allergy specialist at Rutgers University says itchy, watery eyes hit people earlier this year, and annoying allergy symptoms aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

"Because of the dryness we've seen this year, things have pollinated earlier," said Dr. Leonard Bielory, of Rutgers. "The pollen counts this year came out in February into the thousands – never seen before."

There are some tips to make it through the season. Stay inside when you can, keep the windows closed and wash your hair before bed because pollen actually sticks to it.

FOX's Christine Persichette had more details in this video report.

Friday night on the FOX 29 News at 5, our Dr. Mike Cirigliano will be here to tell us what over-the-counter medicine you should take for which symptoms, and which you should avoid.

Source:http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/health/Tree_Pollen_Spike_New_Jersey_Allergy_Season_042012


April 27

Video clip!

 

 

Notice your car is dirtier than usual. This is a sign of the season. The allergy season. And this year allergy season came on fast and furiously.

That cough just scratches the surface of symptoms Kathy Voerg is dealing with these days.

“At night I’m wheezing. Then during the day it’s sneezing and shortness of breath,” said Kathy Voerg, Allergy Sufferer.

And her eyes are watery all the time. She says this year is by far the worst. So the longtime allergy sufferer visits her doctor every two weeks.

Dr. Leonard Bielory is an Allergy Specialist at Rutgers. He says this allergy season started earlier and will end later..

“Because of the dryness we’ve seen this year, things have pollinated earlier,” said Dr. Leonard Bielory, Rutgers Center of Environmental Prediction, “The pollen counts this year came out in February into the thousands. Never seen before.”

Tree pollen allergies usually don’t start until April and May, but it’s been going strong for two months now. Evidence of it can be seen on your car- that yellow powder is pollen.

Dr. Bielory has some tips to get through the season.
First, if you don’t have to be outside don’t.
Second, when you’re inside – either your house or your car- keep the windows closed.
And last, wash your hair before going to bed — because the pollen sticks to it.

As for Kathy, she’s already looking forward to the cold weather.

“For the winter I’ll be ok, haha!” said Kathy Voerg, Allergy Sufferer.

And one more thing for those suffering with allergies – no surprise here – there’s an app for that. Ipollencount will help you keep track of what’s bugging you so you can better deal with it.

Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Jessica Solis.

VIDEO CLIP: http://www.foxrio2.com/health-matters-allergy-season-arrives-early-expected-to-stay-longer/ 


April 26

Allergies wreaking havoc

Stuffy, itchy and miserable: High pollen counts aggravate allergies, wreak havoc on N.J. health

Published: Friday, April 20, 2012, 6:55 AM     Updated: Friday, April 20, 2012, 10:47 AM
 
Lucas Pair, 4, has been so affected by the high pollen count that his mother Melissa keeps him inside to limit the effects.

On a nearly perfect spring afternoon, little Lucas Pair was inside, climbing on the furniture and scrambling around his family’s Somerset County house. His mother said he can’t go outside — doctor’s orders.

"His eyes were so swollen, I thought it was pink eye," Melissa Pair of Franklin Township said of her 4-year-old son. "The doctor said just to keep him inside for a few days."

It began six days ago, with the sharp scorch of heat, and we vaulted suddenly into the peak of allergy season, doctors say.

The patients began to stumble into waiting rooms, with itchy and watery eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats. The asthmatics among them were having a hard time breathing.

"Swollen, puffy red eyes, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sneezing, nasal symptoms, runny noses ... we are in full-blown allergy season now," said Smruti Parikh, an allergist and immunologist with ENT Allergy and Associates’ office in Somerville. "Clearly we’re seeing people with a history of bad allergies. But we’re seeing people who have never had allergies before becoming sensitized."

In short, springtime is wreaking health havoc.

Just ask the roughly 20 percent of the population that suffers from pollen allergies. According to one expert, pollen particles in central New Jersey a few weeks ago were the highest they had been in 25 years.

With the best allergy medicine, rain, in short supply, people are rummaging in their medicine cabinets — and staying indoors during some of the year’s best weather.

Leonard Bielory, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Rutgers, said pollen counts in February were about 10 times higher than is typical.

"They’re off the wall," Bielory said. "Those counts don’t get seen until four to eight weeks later."

Pollen has ebbed a bit since, but it’s still in the range it would normally be two to four weeks from now, he said.

Blame unseasonably warm temperatures, which have triggered trees into reproductive mode weeks earlier than usual, sending pollen — a fine dust that comes from the male parts of a flower or plant — into people’s sinuses.

Wind is its friend, rain its adversary.

"March was almost as warm as the average April and many trees and plants are farther along in their development than they usually are at this time of year," said Anthony Broccoli, a professor of environmental science at Rutgers.

Allergies can be so severe in a year like this that their symptoms can appear to be more than just a reaction to pollen or pet dander, said Andrew Berman, an associate professor of medicine at UMDNJ–New Jersey Medical School who specializes in pulmonary medicine, allergies and immunology.

Antibiotics can be overprescribed and people who believe they have pneumonia or bronchitis — because they feel so miserable — may just be having a particularly bad allergy period, without any kind of infection at all.

"You’re seeing how allergies can be a bit more than itchy eyes and a runny nose," said Berman.

Parikh, however, said her office has even seen some connections between the allergic inflammation and full-on infection.

"We’re seeing an increase in sinusitis and pneumonia,’ she said.

So Lucas Pair will stay inside his Somerset County house and watch the spring sunshine from a window, taking prescription eye drops in stride.

"He’s climbing on my couch right now," his mother said yesterday afternoon. "It could have been a tree, but instead it’s my couch."

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Thunderstorms and accompanying rains forecast for tomorrow evening could do nicely as an antidote for Lucas.

But so might the right meds, said Donald Perlman, an allergist and immunologist affiliated with St. Barnabas Medical Center.

Although Perlman said this year’s allergy season hasn’t so far been as pronounced as last year’s, it’s begun much earlier — and it could last for a while longer. Still, he said a thorough diagnosis and the right prescription can alleviate most symptoms.

"My goal is to keep children functioning outside, enjoying the weather," Perlman said. "I don’t want to keep them inside."

By Richard Khavkine and Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger


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