VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton Roads allergy sufferers are bracing themselves for pollen season.
Flowers in bloom, trees budding, grass starting to grow and its the perfect mix for allergies to flare up.
"It's a lot of pollen these days. I've been out here five minutes and it's already getting to me," Shena Gamble said while spending the day at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach.
Dr. Christine Franzese is an otolaryngologist at Bon Secours DePaul in Norfolk. She said spring is sending patients her way.
"Really it started in early March. Forecasts are predicting that this is a particularly bad pollen year so now the trees are flowering," Franzese said.
She said medications and injections can help, but she's now prescribing allergy drops.
"Hold them under your tongue for two minutes and that's it. You do it once a day every day. It's great for kids. I have a lot of kids on this. Wonderful for college students that can't come every week to get their shots and it's great for patients who don't like getting needles stuck in their arm every week," Franzese said.
She added that you don't want to take pollen inside with you and recommends taking a shower and washing your hair after you've been outside.
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