High pollen counts expected all weekend
Sneezing. Runny nose. Red, itchy eyes. It’s those allergens in the air that are getting up your nose and making life miserable. The allergens outside as well as inside.
Tree pollen in the Houston area is rated heavy, and the worse culprits are Oak, Cedar, Elm, Pine and Birch. The City of Houston’s Department of Health and Human Services says we can expect tree pollen levels to remain heavy through April.
And, then there are the indoor culprits, such as dust and dander. The indoor allergen level in the Houston area is extremely high today and Monday, very high over the weekend.
About one in five Americans go to a doctor for treatment for airborne allergies. Dr. James Liu from Texas Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists says there are many over-the-counter products that can treat the symptoms of allergies such as Zyrtec, Claritin and Allegra.
Dr. Lui warns that if your symptoms persist and you experience colored nasal drainage, fever, facial pressure, it could be more than just allergies. You might have a sinus infection, and might want to schedule a visit with your physician.