Allergy season has western Mass. residents searching for relief

Watery eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing are common allergy symptoms

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s allergy season, and right now we are in tree pollen season. This is when the trees are blooming, and it’s not just the ones we think of. It’s flowering trees, things like Oaks and Maples and Elms trees. They’re all flowering now.

For some people who suffer from allergies they may experience symptoms such as watery eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing, but there are others who suffer from more severe symptoms.

Jeremy Harvey of Springfield told 22News, “Usually my asthma will kick in, especially now with the weather being the way it is. You like to leave the windows open and let the cold air in, it’s nice. But definitely in the morning I wake up with a lot of symptoms.”

According to 22News Storm Team meteorologist Adam Strempko, the weather plays a big part. He said, “There are days when the sun’s out, the pollen is high, and also there’s a breeze that’s blowing the pollen around, so those are the days you’re really feeling it.”

Rainy days provide some relief, because it helps to clean up the pollen in the atmosphere.

Dr. Ira Helfand from the Family Care Medical Center told 22News that you won’t find relief keeping your windows open. He said, “If you have an air conditioning system that has good filtering, you can keep your house closed. It’s kind of hard, because pollen is very small and it gets into places easyLY.”

Some people find relief by showering at night and taking over the counter antihistamine medication.

Allergy symptoms are very similar to a cold, except they reoccur every year, around the same time.