Experts say spring showers stir up pollen, don’t alleviate allergies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Spring blooms have pollen counts soaring. Each year there are usually conflicting reports whether spring showers help or hinder allergy sufferers.

Health experts say unfortunately, rain doesn’t help allergy sufferers because it actually stirs up all the pollen that was lying on the ground.

Instead of washing it away, the rain blows it up in the air like dust which we breathe.

It’s important to follow your doctor’s orders as far as prescription and allergy medications.

Some general advice: keep your windows closed, use your air conditioner, avoid outdoor activities in the morning when the pollen count is high, and wear a mask when mowing the grass.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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