February 26, 2016 10:20 am

Allergy season starts early in BC

ABOVE: Allergy season has once again started early. We find out what pharmacists and doctors are recommending.


One of the side effects of the spring-like weather we’ve been enjoying is that allergy season has once again started early.

“It’s earlier than we usually expect,” said allergist Dr. Donald Start. “And also, the initial pollen count data shows that in fact, there’s been more high days than we expected this time of the year as well.”

B.C.’s alder and birch trees are likely to blame, leaving sufferers with itchy eyes and a runny nose.

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Aside from all the usual allergy medications available, pharmacists say another option called Nasacort could also provide some relief.

“It’s a steroid nasal spray,” said Gianni Deimegro, a pharmacist with London Drugs. “In some cases, people may not get the full relief from an antihistamine and so [Nasacort] recently came off a prescription a few months ago.”

For those who prefer not to use allergy medications, Stark said the best thing to do is to stay inside and wash your hair and clothing to reduce exposure in your home.

Some relief is on the way however. It is expected pollen allergies will likely get better in a few weeks.

-With files from Catherine Urquhart

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