CONCORD, NH — The warming weather is a welcome prospect for many during the coronavirus crisis, but the blossoming plants and flowers in New Hampshire mean that allergies are set to rev up in the coming weeks.
The parks in bloom might be nice to look at, but for many residents of the Granite State with allergies, it means a whole lot of congestion and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Here is the pollen breakdown from the Weather Channel for the next two weeks in Concord, Nashua, and Portsmouth.
Tree pollen will be moderate-to-high this weekend in Concord but limited grass and ragweed pollen. Saturday and Monday are expected to be the worst days. View the 15-day allergy forecast here. In Nashua, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are expected to be the worst days as well as May 30. View allergy forecast here. But in Portsmouth, for the rest of this week, during the weekend, and into next week, tree pollen is also going to be moderate-to-high. View the full 15-day allergy forecast here.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the most common symptoms of allergies are sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat and eyes, and wheezing.
It's a list that people with allergies know all too well.
Here’s how AccuWeather, a weather forecasting service, suggests you can relieve your symptoms:
Stay inside in the morning (if possible).
“Pollen counts are highest in the early morning, between 5 and 10 a.m.,” Robert Sporter, a doctor at ENT & Allergy Associates, told AccuWeather.
Keep indoor air clean.
Keep windows closed.
Carry an allergy relief kit that includes over-the-counter products such as antihistamines and eye drops.