High pollen count leads to more allergy reports in Upstate


GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – As the flu season winds down and the weather begins to change, many people are now dealing with the itchy eyes and stuffy noses.

Health professionals tell 7News allergies are hitting the Upstate and many people are staying inside to avoid triggering the symptoms.

Our Storm Team 7 meteorologists said grass and tree pollen are at an all time high leaving some people questioning whether their symptoms are allergies or a cold.

“Generally an allergy is if you can identify if you are mowing the grass and start coughing or sneezing whereas if you have a fever, chills, pain that would be more towards a viral or bacterial illness,” said Dr. Scott Weikle with Bon Secours St. Francis.

Doctors said as spring progresses the levels of pollen will constantly change and when it rains those levels will drop off for awhile.

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