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New Orleans allergy sufferers are in for a rough time

Pollen levels are high in New Orleans this week. (FOX 8 Photo) Pollen levels are high in New Orleans this week. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

If you suffer from allergies, brace yourself, this could be a bad week. 

Chances are good you've been seeing and feeling it.

"I've been doing a lot sneezing and coughing, a lot of that stuff going on," said John Ratcliff. "I noticed it - it's all over my car, all over the other car, and I got to do a lot of washing."  

We're talking about pollen. Levels are going to stay high this week, and forecasts for rain Thursday might not bring much relief.

"We are seeing a lot of patients who are coming with runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, congestion, post nasal drip," said Dr. Sanjay Kamboj with LSU Health.

Kamboj said right now tree pollen is the culprit, as well as grass pollen; that's something that typically causes allergy problems in the summer.

"It will be in the summer also because as the summer comes, there will be more and more grass pollens coming," he said.  

But Kamboj offers this advice to relieve those dreaded symptoms: "If you are going out, there will be a lot of pollens outside, so wear a hat, wear glasses, try not to do yard work. If you have severe allergies you can ask somebody else, and if you have to do it, wear a mask."  

He also recommends over-the-counter nasal sprays and allergy medicines. If those don't work for you or you have allergy problems all year round, make an appointment with a doctor. Kamboj also recommends driving with your windows closed with the air conditioning on. And, before you go to bed, wash your face, eyes and nose to get rid of pollen. Another tip for those of you who use an allergy nasal spray, first clean your nose with a saline spray, wait a few minutes, then use your nasal medication. 

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