Pollen season in South Mississippi means allergies for many

Seasonal allergies are at an all-time high during April and May

Pollen season in South Mississippi means allergies for many

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Family Nurse Practitioner Linus Medley sees nearly 60 patients every single day at Maxem Health Pascagoula Urgent Care. Anywhere from 15 to 20 of those patients are suffering from seasonal allergies or sinus infections.

“Right now, sinuses is a big-time problem because the pollen is so high,” he said. “But this is a big known time of the year. You get spring time. You get flowers. You get pollen.”

On the day of our report, Medley had treated four allergy related cases before noon.

The typical pollen season is April and May, though Medley said he treated some patients in March.

“Cough. Sinuses cause coughing, congestion. Sinuses are plugged up, and a lot of times it will affect your ears," he added. “So anything like that, upper respiratory, sinus infection, cough, it’s usually all interrelated.”

If you’re suffering from these symptoms for more than a week, it’s time to see a doctor.

“Most of the time if you’ve got allergy problems and the allergy has inflammation, that becomes irritation, that becomes infection," Medley said.

Spring time isn’t the only contributing factor in why you may be suffering from allergies. Medley said where you live plays a role, too. He said the Gulf Coast is a high allergy area because of all the trees and foliage.

Doctors said around June, seasonal allergies start to let up though some people do still suffer during the winter months from fungus and mold.

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