Tonawanda News — “So people who already have mild symptoms have worse symptoms, and so it’s a snow-balling effect,” he said.
There are other parts of the country where weather seasons are shorter and ragweeds don’t grow, which would make its residents less susceptible to allergies, Boulos said.
“If somebody lives in Buffalo and has a ragweed allergy, he goes to these areas and feels better during the time he has the problems in Buffalo and Western New York in general,” Boulos said.
In Buffalo’s “heavier” allergy seasons, Boulos said over-the-counter drugs like Claritin D, Allergra or Zyrtec and their generic forms, are sometimes not as helpful as they are in milder allergy seasons.
Over-the-counter drugs can be helpful in mild allergy seasons, but, come spring, patients may need to see a doctor for a prescription.
Statistically, about 70 to 80 percent of the population have allergies. However, Boulos said he only addresses the people who come into his office complaining about them, so it’s difficult to quantify how many people in Buffalo have allergies. He added there are people who have mild allergies that live and tolerate them as part of day-to-day life.
“Most people don’t even need to go to the doctor, they just go to the drug store ... or take advice from the local pharmacist as to what they can use,” Boulos said. “They only come and see the doctor after if these measures don’t work.”
Providence, RI, which is ranked at No, 16, one spot after Buffalo, has pollinating trees like red cedar, hazelnut, elm alder and aspen, stated on the spring allergy capitals website.
Jackson, MS is the No. 1 spot this year, “primarily due to very high pollen and a large reliance on allergy medications among allergy patients,” stated on the allergy capitals website.
Boulos said while this spring has caused severely high allergies, it remains to be seen whether that will continue during the grass pollen season in June and July and ragweed season in August and September.
Sunday Lifestyle editor Danielle Haynes contributed to this story.