Tree Pollen Allergy Season Hitting Sufferers Hard

‘Tis the season: tree pollen allergy season.

"You know, you can feel it in the air,” said allergy sufferer Lucy Rosado of Waterbury.

While it’s a beautiful day in Waterbury, the hospital lab's is collecting details on pesky pollen.

You can check the results daily online.

Medical technologist Sarah Paisley says Tuesday's tree pollen count is north of 7,500.

"I come in to work every day and people say, ‘hey is the pollen count high today? You know my eyes are really watery.’”

A count of more than 1,500 is already considered very high levels.

Dr. Christopher Randolph breaks down the hospital’s data.

“When these counts get high people will get nose and eye symptoms particularly with trees because trees are at nose and eye level."

With back to back allergy appointments, NBC Cnnecticut had to speak with Randolph over the phone.

"The particulate effect of all that pollen in the air can get irritant to people who are not allergic as well,” he explained.

Randolph suggests talking to your doctor about what treatment works best for your symptoms. He says sometimes regular over-the-counter nose sprays work best. Other treatments include staying inside or even allergy injections, he says.

"I just won’t come out of the house. You know I just stay home,” said Rosado.

"I take allergy medicine every day regardless, so I think maybe that has helped me. So yeah, I’m an allergy sufferer for sure,” said Julie Donato, who works in Waterbury.

Randolph says tree pollen season tends to end mid-June, and then we can look forward to grass pollen allergies.

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