With a later-than-usual allergy season, allergists at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., are advising people to take care during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Dr. Selina Gierer noted the late winter delayed the full growth of trees, plants and grass, so it's just now the height of the allergy season.
Dr. Gierer added that what makes people sniffle and sneeze most depends on if they live in the city or the country.
Dr. Gierer noted that people who need to take the most precautions for allergies are those who already suffer from another chronic illness, such as a breathing or heart disease.
She said a lot of the symptoms are the same for allergies and colds, but if the eyes are itching, along with drainage from the nose and watery eyes, it's likely to be allergies.
The most common allergies depend on the season. In spring, mold is common, and is prominent year-round n the Kansas City area, except when there's snow on the ground, she said. In the fall, weeds are the main culprit, while in the winter, it's dust mites. The most severe allergies in the spring are from trees, grasses and weeds, she said.