Mar 28, 2013 1:31 AM by April Hansen, KSBY

Allergy season hits the Central Coast

Spring is here and that means allergy season has arrived.

If you suffer from watery eyes and a runny nose, it may be more then a cold.

A local allergist says it may be worse on the Central Coast.

Spring is the perfect time to spend days outside, but for Gloria Coronado and her grand daughter Bella, Spring also brings water eyes and a runny nose.

"You can't tell if it's a cold or if you're coming down with the flu because this year it's really odd," said Coronado.

She says she has had allergies for years, but her symptoms got worse when she moved to the Central Coast.

"I didn't have any allergies until I came to the Central Coast and someone told me once you get them here you're going have them," said Coronado.

There may be an explanation.

"You may not have the right environment where you are living before than you move to an area such as the central coast where there's just a lot of allergens in the air," said Dr. Randy Johnson, allergist.

Dr. Randy Johnson is a local allergist and says allergies are a combination of genetics and environment especially on the coast.

"We have such a great plant diversity on this area and such a mild climate that things do tend to pollinate quite a bit throughout the year," said Johnson.

He says it's hard to avoid allergens, but you can keep track of how much you need to be prepared and what you may be allergic to.

"You're born with that tendency to be an allergic person and then you get the right kind of stimuli going and your immune system can't hold back," said Anderson.

Coronado says knows she can't avoid her allergies altogether, but she knows when they arrive.

"I have a black car and i can see there it's time to take allergy medicine," said Johnson.

Dr. Johnson says you can't allergens like pollen altogether, but if you do things like run an air purifier in your home it may help with symptoms.

If you do suffer from severe allergies, there are prescriptions out there that can help.

Dr. Johnson says if have several types of allergies, there are allergy shots available to help minimize symptoms and you can also buy over the counter medications if you have more mild symptoms.



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