Allergy season in Charlotte expected to be longer and intense

- If you suffer from allergies, local experts say to be ready for your symptoms to last a bit longer. That pollen isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

"I've been hiding in my house for the past month or so. I ventured out today,” Britt Tuite said. 

Tuite said she dreads allergy season and she’s not alone.

We caught up with Charlotte allergist Maeve O'Connor at the Allergy Asthma & Immunology Relief Center.

She said the allergy season has been going on for a few weeks and could go on longer than usual.

"There's no end in sight unfortunately. It seems like it's going to be a longer allergy season than we're used to,” she said.

Doctors said the long intense season is a direct result of the area's mild and wet winter.

O'connor said people should take showers at night to wash off all the pollen. She also has other tips.

"We definitely want people to stay indoors during the early mornings. That's when pollen counts are at the highest,” she adds.

As for now, allergy sufferers remain hopeful that they'll find a way to enjoy being outside.

Allergy season usually lasts from February to May. This season may stretch for a few more months.

Doctors want people to be prepared before leaving the house and keep allergy medicine handy.


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