Warm weather brings early start to allergy season

Springtime sniffles seemed to start earlier this year, Medical Director Kent Bullis said.

He said he started seeing symptoms of allergies — runny noses, obstructions of the nasal passage, nasal itching and sneezing — about a month ago. It was earlier than usual, but students didn't seem to have colds.

"It's been unusually busy for this time of year," Bullis said.

What's more surprising, he said, is while it seemed like an unusually high amount of cases, the number of students documented with allergies actually decreased from last year.

In the past 31 days, the Amelia T. Wood Health Center has seen 321 students with allergies. Last year, 402 cases were reported in the same 31-day window.

Four treatment solutions are available at the Health Center, including regular allergy shots, cortizone shots, antihistamines and cortizone nasal spray.

Pollen is a leading cause of allergies, and Bullis said it can already be found in some places on campus due to the warm weather.


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