West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The flu season may be wrapping up, but as one season ends, another one begins.
Spring allergy season is in full bloom across the Midlands and the pollen is keeping Midlands allergists busy.
Dr. Ty Coleman of Allergy Partners of the Midlands says pollen has been showing up since early February.
Dr. Coleman said, "I think our season this year has been a little bit warmer and kind of up and down, but the end of February to the beginning of March, we usually see it (pollen) by this time most years."
Allergies may not be a life and death situation, but pollen problems can lead into much more.
"They can linger and create inflammation, that creates a tendency towards sinus infections, it can interrupt sleep quality, interrupt their concentration and ability to work well," said Dr. Coleman.
Some over-the-counter medications may work, according to Dr. Coleman, but if your symptons are too bad, you probably should see a doctor.
Currently, it is mainly tree pollen that is causing allegy issues, but as we go through the year the pollen problems change.
"We get a little bit of a Christmas break around in South Carolina, but other than that, allergies can be a year around thing," said Dr. Coleman.
For more information on Allergy Partners of the Midlands, visit their website at http://www.allergypartners.com/midlands/default.aspx