Healthy Living

Mar 12, 2014 11:24 AM by KSBY Staff

Early stages of allergy season on the Central Coast

You may have noticed a lot of people sniffling or sneezing because of allergies.

It's because the Central Coast is in the early stages of allergy season.

Local allergist Dr. Arthur McLean, with Allergy Partners of the California Central Coast, says there are tree pollens and mold spores in the air, things that people may be allergic to.

He says pollen grains are microscopic and can travel long distances with the wind and people who have the cold and allergies tend to have the same symptoms, but there is a difference.

"The chief difference is, with a cold virus, it's usually seven days and with the pollen, barring these unstable weather conditions, which makes it very hard to predict, you'll see bad days and good days, but it'll often go on for a month or two."

Dr. McLean says people who are especially allergic to pollen in the air should keep doors and windows closed at home, and consider getting an air purifier.

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