A warm winter means an early allergy season for the Pine Belt

A warm winter means an early allergy season for the Pine Belt

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Jennifer Williams of Petal said her eight-year-old daughter, Janna Claire, suffers from allergies this time of year.

"She says, my eyes are itchy mama," Williams said.

"Before we came here today she was complaining about her eyes being itchy," Williams said. "So I put some Visine drops in there and just try to prevent as much of the rubbing as I can because it aggravates her."

Outdoor activities can sometimes contribute to irritation.

"It really does bother her and she loves to be outside so I try to do as much as I can to prevent the aggravation of her eyes," Williams said.

Dr. Benjamin Burkett of the Wesley Medical Group said allergies are treated with medications.

"Sometimes we'll use over the counter medicine such as antihistamines, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Claritin," Burkett said. "There are also nasal sprays."

Changing everyday interactions can also help keep symptoms at bay.

"Stay inside, close the windows, car window when you go somewhere and then also keep the air conditioner running," Burkett said.

Doctors suggest parents take extra precautions for children that like to play outside.

"Make sure that you bathe your child at night to wash off all those allergens that they might have come in contact with during the day," Burkett said.

Williams encourages her daughter to always wash her hands.

"If you're playing outside or if you're touching a ball or the car or whatever don't rub your eyes and try to come inside and wash your hands immediately," Williams said.

Burkett recommends setting up an appointment with a medical provider if anyone thinks they have allergies.