There's really only one thing that slows down Russell Perrone.
"I noticed that if they are outside for a long time, between the both of them they come in and they are sneezing," said his mom, Dana.
Between her son and husband, allergy season is a tough one in the Perrone household. And this year it could be especially tough.
"We do expect it to be a relatively bad allergy season," said Dr. Melissa Denham with Patient First Urgent Care in York.
Denham said due to a relatively wet and mild winter, more pollen and other allergens will be in the air, which has the potential to induce symptoms in people who may have never even had problems before.
To reduce the chance, Denham has some tips:
- Keep windows closed to decrease the amount of pollen entering the home.
- Minimize outdoor activity between 5 and 10 a.m. when pollen counts are highest.
- Use pollen removing air filters and remember to change them out regularly.
If all that, plus over the counter and prescription medication doesn't work, you might want to consider an allergy shot.
"What they are doing when they give allergy shots is that they give you a small part of what your allergic to so that it will hopefully cause you not to have as bad of a response in the future," Denham said.
Which means you must first have a skin test to find out what you are allergic to.
For Russell, it's pollen and ragweed.
"I already see the ragweed...also the cat tails. I've already seen them bursting," Dana said.