Category Archives: South Carolina [SC]

Duration of current pollen season

I am interested in finding out what are the projected duration of the current pollen season and it’s expected intensity. Since the warmer than normal winter and spring so far has caused an early launch of the pollen this year, does it then follow that the season will be of normal duration (ie will end earlier due to the earlier start) or is it expected be longer? All these types of questions that would be posed by the typical allergy/asthma sufferer are of interest to me – submitted by George, Bel Air, Maryland

Allergy Season
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[Response from Lois (AllergyNurse)]: Excellent question and perfect timing, George! I have been monitoring this all year. By mid-February, many were already lamenting the early allergy season and, unfortunately, most agree this also means a longer and more intense dusting of pollen is in store for us this year as well.

For example, in this February 14th NBC Nightly News report, Dr. Stanley Fineman of Alanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic says the high pollen counts that were not seen last year until around the 20th of February were notable the day after Groundhog day (February 2) this year. In the same report, a spokesperson from Georgia’s Callaway Gardens noted that azaleas were blooming about a month early this year.

In this February 16th WPRI Eyewitness News report from in Providence, RI, Warwick allergist Dr. David Katzen warned, “…with tree pollen starting earlier, pollen should also be in the air longer. That means…people who have never had allergies before could experience symptoms for the first time.”

A week later, we noted these headlines on the February 24th, NBC4 Columbus, Ohio, newscast: Early and Long Allergy Season Ahead.

On February 24th, ABC News4 in Charleston, SC, ended it’s report with this warning: “Experts say just because the pollen season started early doesn’t mean that it will end early.”

Fast forward to this April 8, Toledo Blade report (Toledo, Ohio), where Dr. M. Razi Rafeeq, president of the Toledo Allergy Society with offices in Maumee and Oregon, is quoted as saying, “This year, patients started coming into Toledo area allergists’ offices for shots and other treatments about a month earlier than normal.” Dr. Rafeeq also echos a similar report to others we have seen, that “he has patients in their 50s and 60s who had seasonal allergy problems years ago, got better, but are having problems again because the season is more intense.

Just two days ago, April 9, WREG News3 in Memphis, TN, headlined their report like this: Allergy Season Longer, Stronger. This story reports that Dr. Barry Politi of Horn Lake’s Family and Urgent Care Clinic “says the severely allergic can expect to have problems off and on perhaps all summer.”

I plan to share more about this in an upcoming post.

Asthma in South Carolina, previously in VA and DC

I moved down from VA after a month long European trip, where I stayed sick the entire time. I know VA, esp. around the DC area is awful for allergy sufferers and my asthma has been worse in the last 10 years…now that I’ve moved close to the ocean, near Hilton Head, I had hoped I would be better, but I ended up in the ER at Coastal Carolina the second week after I arrived. I can’t get “healthy” when I have to be on steroids constantly…even the inhaled kind put weight on me like crazy. I want to go somewhere that will help me breath without rattling and wheezing….I’m starting to sound bad right now….and I’ve only been out of the hospital for a little over a week! I can’t exercise, I can garden….just like right now…I’m in the house with the AC turned up….this is no life in a area on the ocean with so much to do for people with their health!!! Help! – part 3 of 3 posts about asthma at home in SC and abroad -submitted by Khaki Berry in South Carolina

European travel: asthma in Germany, France, Belgium, Amsterdam, 2010

In the summer of 2010, I traveled for one month to Munich, Chamonix, France….Normandy, Waterloo, the Ardennes in Belgium and finally, Amsterdam. I never used the precautionary prednesone that my doctor sent with me….I don’t remember using my inhaler ….not once. I told my doctor about it when I got back to the States and once again, began wheezing. I want to plan another trip for next year, but I wondered if anyone else had these breathing problems in certain cities….I will go to Europe in 2012 and I’ll stay the whole summer if I have to…..just to get into a city where I don’t have to be on medications and inhalers. The summer of 2011 in France, Italy and Ireland was absolutely horrible and I thought I would die at least twice. Does anyone else know of cities that are easy on asthmatics? – part 2 of 3 posts about asthma at home in SC and abroad -submitted by Khaki Berry in South Carolina

Coughing in Pennyslvania and South Carolina

Since I was 17 I have been getting the same thing, coughing uncontrollable every year I lived in PA. It is always Oct. or Apr. I moved last July to Myrtle Beach and all of a sudden I get this thing that nothing can help, coughing wheezing etc. No fever no other systems and I get it in June never did I get it in June. I have no answeres they try antibiotic, cought medicine, breather etc. It will leave me in 6 weeks everytim not until the 6 seeek is over. Can someone help me. Please. – submitted by Carmella, Myrtle Beach, SC

Hawaii or New Hampshire for asthma, allergies and eczema?

I lived in Colorado for 20 years having mild asthma, allergies, and eczema. After moving to Charleston, South Carolina my asthma kicked in (had to get a daily inhaler) and after 6 months or so my eczema began to go from mild to severe. I went back to Colorado after two years in SC and my conditions did not lessen. Now, I’m living in Portsmouth VA where I’m getting UV light therapy which is taking care of my eczema. Now, my husband will be stationed in either Hawaii or New Hampshire this coming fall. Does anyone know where would be better? I’m most concerned about eczema. It’s the most debilitating. Thanks! – Andrea, VA

Which coast or ocean best for allergy sufferers?

I live in Georgia and my sinuses are driving me crazy. The doctor says move to the coast and live on the ocean. But which one? Does any one out there have an answer as to the best place to live if you have severe sinus infections all the time. I did live on the South Carolina coast once and I don’t believe I was sick at all due to my sinus. If anyone out there has an answer, plz get in touch. — T., Georgia

Asthma in Florida

I was born with chronic asthma as much I got older it got more worse. in 2001 my asthma got really bad I was always in the hospital, I was admitted like once a month or sometimes once every 2-3 months. Then in 2002 I was getting asthma alot I was injecting myself with epipen but there times that I almost passed away. Then I couldn’t take it anymore I decided to move to Florida because of this illness.

Then I got to Florida I was still getting asthma but in 2005 it got really life threatning that I was going to the hospital every two weeks Continue reading Asthma in Florida

Coast or beach, Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas

I have not noticed anyone talk about moving to any coastal/ beach areas? For the past 4 years my wife and I vacation to florida and east coast (myrtle beach,south carolina). All allergy symptoms are pretty much gone when we’re there. My nose clears up, I can see better, less mental fog, etc. As soon as we get back to NW Arkansas, all symtoms come back! We are planning on moving to SC coast ASAP. — Rob

[Note from AllergyNurse: Actually, several have mentioned their experiences in coastal/beach areas. But your comment made me realize that I need to add that under ‘Locations’ in the right menu, so people can find it more easily. I’ve added it now, and linked items which refer to these areas. Thanks for pointing out this need!]

Blue Ridge Mountains & Myrtle Beach

I live near the Blue Ridge Mountains of S.C. and in the spring time the pollens up here really get to me. Also the humidity makes it hard to breath. When I go down to Mrytle Beach, S.C. the ocean air seems to help a lot even though the humidity factor is higher in the low country. All I can think of is that the fresh salt water air works as a type of purifier, but if you leave the beach and go inland the air is heavy and it is hard to breathe it, even for someone without asthma. — E.C., South Carolina

[Originally posted to on August 5, 2004]