Sneeze, cough, sniff... some experts say allergies haven't let up this year


Some allergy sufferers in Oregon and Southwest Washington may be feeling symptoms longer than they normally would, according to experts.

During spring and summer, Jimmy Grieve says he is usually congested, with a runny nose, and a deep voice. Oregon is known as being tough on those with seasonal allergies thanks to tree and grass pollen during spring and summer. But this year, even into December, Grieve says he’s still suffering.

“I actually went to the doctor three weeks ago to see what's going on to see if it's something going on in my head or if it's just seasonal,” said Grieve. “For me, it's not being able to breathe through my nose. I really miss that feature.”

Grieve may not be alone. Shawna Laxson, a pharmacist and co-owner of Fairley’s Pharmacy in Northeast Portland, says allergies haven’t let up this year.

“I think we've seen a longer allergy season than we usually see,” Laxson said. “Usually in Oregon we have seasonal allergy in the spring when things are starting to bloom, then we have a late allergy in the fall when things are changing for the winter and changing leaves and stuff, but it seems like it has been extended through the summer and just kept on going.”

Some experts say that may be due to the extremely cold and wet winter at the beginning of 2017 combined with the dry summer.

Laxson also thinks some leftover wildfire smoke may have something to do with it.

“Getting all that stuff in our furnace and our vents that we didn't clean out is now circulating in our house. We are definitely seeing people with eye irritation, sneezy, that kind of stuff,” said Laxson.

If you are continuing to suffer from allergies, experts say you should go to a doctor to find out what exactly is going on.

Donald Dibbern, a physician at the Allergy Clinic, says he has not seen anything out of the ordinary with allergies. He says this is usually the best time of year for someone who suffers from seasonal allergies. He says those with symptoms may be suffering from something else.

As we move into the winter, mold and dust are two of the most common allergens.

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