Although LSU's campus is enriched with historic oak trees and beautiful flowers, it is not an ideal environment for students who struggle with allergies.
Several LSU students have been suffering with allergies due to Baton Rouge's high pollen count. However, the pollen count has declined rapidly due to the recent storms, relieving allergy sufferers.
Baton Rouge was ranked No. 9 out of 100 metro areas according to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America due to its higher than average pollen and mold counts and allergy medicine usage.
People that suffer with pollen allergies can be significantly affected by this by suffering with itchy eyes, nasal congestion, puffiness under the eyes, fatigue, scratchy throat and a cough which could lead to sinus infections.
Rosa Folgar, a doctor at the Student Health Center, discussed how to treat allergies so they won't affect the busyness of your life.
"The main state of therapy is usually an antihistamine," Dr. Folgar said. That's going to be a medicine like Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra, and there is one called Xyzal as well that works very well and is pretty effective. That blocks your body's release of histamine so you don't get all of the itchy watery eyes, sneezy runny nose, and cough and congestion."
One reason this spring has been hard for allergy sufferers is due to the lack of rain to wash the pollen from the air and reducing the pollen count.
"This spring has been exceptionally dry with only 1.17” of rain since March 1… 3.24” shy of what we would have on average in March," according to WBRZ Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus.
Dr. Folgar discussed the increased number of students coming in to the student health center due to this dry season.
"This year specifically, it does at least seem like more," Dr. Folgar said. "We have had a little bit dryer weather which dry, windy days cause more symptoms, especially pollen."
April showers have brought the dry spring to a close. In Baton Rouge, the chance of a wet day which will wash out the pollen over the course of April remains to be about 29%, according to Weather Spark.