An Allergist with LSU Health Sciences Center says in all his years as a doctor, this is the worst allergy season he’s ever seen. Dr. Sanjay Kamboj says there has been a 10% to 20% increase in the number of patients coming in with allergies that were once able to be treated with over the counter medications.

“Which includes tree pollen, grass pollen, weed pollen. We are seeing more and more patients who are coming to see us in the office.”

Kamboj says with virtually no winter, there were only two days in the season where there was no pollen count.

“We don’t have ice or snow here, so there was always pollen. The trees started pollinating earlier, we saw as early as late January.”

Kamboj advises people who get the symptoms of a runny nose or a post nasal drip to cover up when going outside by wearing a hat or a mask. He also recommends washing your face immediately when coming back inside to remove the pollen.

“Clean your nose with saline nasal spray in the morning when you get up and before going to bed. It’s going to remove the mucus and it’s also going to remove the allergens from the nose.”