Pollen season hits Utah allergy sufferers hard

SALT LAKE CITY — If you’ve been sniffling, sneezing and rubbing your eyes a lot lately, you’re not alone.

“It just looks worse this year,” Allergic Darren Marshall told FOX 13 News on Friday. “I take all my allergy medications.”

Marshall said he had undergone immunotherapy in the past to try to lessen his severe reaction to the pollen. He said it helped, but they came back to some degree.

“I felt like I was coughing and took Nyquil because it felt like I had a cold,” he said. “And then it goes away around 3 a.m. and you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m dealing with allergies!'”

Marshall said he’s had allergy symptoms since he was a teenager, but some years are worse for him than others.

“Our pollen seasons are starting earlier and lasting longer,” said Dr. Christopher Gordon of the Provo Allergy and Asthma Clinic.

Gordon said drought can cause a change in weather patterns, which in turn can affect the pollen season.

“This week has been a pretty bad week. Probably everyone I’ve spoken to has suffered, especially now that we’ve dried up and the weather is nice and after a bit rainy May,” he said. -he declares. “So if you’re suffering from grass pollen, that’s going to be your worst.”

With symptoms similar to a cold or even COVID-19, Marshall raised a concern shared by many sufferers.

“With COVID going around, you’re just wondering about your response. Is it the common cold or COVID or just allergies? And it’s the same kind of symptoms. It just adds stress I think” , did he declare.

Gordon said over-the-counter remedies help most people, but there are plenty of options if you need extra help with symptoms.

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