Lions and tigers and bears? Oh my. Though those animals are scary, in the Lowcountry, we have much more cause to fear fire ants, mosquitos and no-seeums. These ever-present pests swarm our hot, moist environment during the warm season and cause us everything from mild discomfort to pain and itching to life-threatening bites and stings.
From the colorful blooms to the picture-perfect weather, it’s hard to beat springtime in Charleston — except for the dreaded allergy symptoms. Many kids and adults alike suffer from allergies so severe that they end up missing school or work. Luckily, there are tons of great medications available over-the-counter that can work wonders for every member of the family.
The first days of spring are always exciting: the days get longer, the sun shines brighter, and colorful flowers start to bloom. But for many people, this also means the dreaded allergy season has begun. Sure, the weather’s great, but who wants to spend time outside if it means itchy eyes and runny noses?
Blooming flowers, budding leaves on the trees and warmer temperatures are welcome signs of spring. But there’s one springtime sight that causes a collective groan around the Lowcountry: yellow pollen.
For allergy sufferers, blooming trees and grasses mean a season of sneezing and sniffles. It’s impossible to escape the pollen, but there are some ways to make spring allergy season more bearable, says Dr. Carolyn Word with Charleston Allergy & Asthma.
In the Lowcountry, those first signs of fall free us from the weight of summer’s heat and humidity. We’re eager to get outside, enjoying the sunny days and cooler temperatures. But for those with allergies, fall can mean a spike in symptoms. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about fall allergies: