What's Going Around: fewer cases of flu, more allergies

Reported by Kim Ratcliff – bio |email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - At Oak Island Pediatrics there has only been two cases of the flu in the last two weeks, but doctors are seeing more upper respiratory illnesses and allergies.

The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen from trees and grasses. When pollen grains get into the nose of someone who's allergic, they send the immune system into overdrive.

The symptoms of spring allergies include: runny nose, sneezing coughing, itchy eyes and nose, dark circles under the eyes.

Airborne allergens also can trigger asthma and lead to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

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