FORT MYERS, Fla - Allergy season is underway and Southwest Florida is among the nation's top-10 hot spots for pollen. A frigid winter season caused trees to get a late start in pollinating.
"I'm seeing patients that I haven't seen in 5 years," said Dr. Larry Castillo.
Pollen counts across the state have soared in recent weeks and as a result a thin layer of yellow dust is covering cars and windows. Dr. Castillo's office located along Cypress Lakes Drive in Fort Myers is seeing old and new patients complaining about how bad their sneezes are getting.
Trees normally pollinate earlier in the year and at far lower levels.
If you are looking for a natural remedy to the sneezing and coughing some allergists says look no further than the produce aisle at your local supermarket.
Most types of berries, onion and even garlic has a small but natural form of antihistamine. Locally produced honey could also offer up some relief, but the number of pollen in jars is so small that Dr. Castillo says it will not do much to help you stop sneezing.
Our area could start seeing some relief in the comings month, but just in time for grass and other flowers to begin pollinating.