High pollen levels increase sinus issues

High pollen levels increase sinus issues
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Sneezing, coughing, sinus problems and watery eyes are all being caused by high pollen levels being experienced this spring in Obion County.
Tim Smith, extension director for the local Univer-sity of Tennessee Extension office, said it’s obvious that pollen issues are worse this spring than they’ve been in recent years. He said pollen is more concentrated this spring and recent rains and wind are spreading the pollen.
“Flowering plants and trees are blooming out and the pollen is becoming airborne with the windy weather we’ve been having,” he said.
The airborne pollen is also creating a green film on vehicles as well as other outdoor surfaces this spring.
“Oh yes, we’ve definitely seen an increase in the number of our patients with upper respiratory infections and allergic rhinitis,” Dr. Selena Dozier at BMG-The Doctor’s Clinic in Union City told The Messenger Wednesday afternoon.
She said the high pollen count has caused a spike in the number of patients who have been treated at the medical clinic over the past three weeks.
Dr. Dozier said she recommends those experiencing sinus problems due to the high pollen count use a sinus rinse three or four times a day and depending on the severity of their sinus problems, she said an over-the-counter antihistamine could help. She said in some cases she has prescribed a nasal steroid for some of her patients.
Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.18.13

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