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With all this nice weather, many of you may be finding yourself sniffling and sneezing a lot more than usual. That’s because the pollen count in the area is high, meaning allergy season has arrived. So we spoke with an allergist Monday to see just how bad this season is going to be.

Its official, allergy season is here.
 
“(With) Some of that precipitation that we usually don't get, (like) April snow, there's been a bit of delay. But as soon as the weather gets nice the pollen sufferers will begin to notice it,” said Dr. R. Maclean Smith, Allergy and Asthma Clinic

Smith said April and May are tree season, so for those of us who find ourselves with runny noses and itchy eyes, may be allergic to the pollen trees are producing as they bud. Mold will soon also be a culprit of stuffy noses as farmers begin to plant.

“Then in June, the end of May beginning of June is grass season. It goes until about to July 4, said Smith.

Then in August and September, it’s weed allergy season. And Smith said even with all the branches that tell during the spring storm, it won’t make the current allergy season any better.    

“There will still be plenty of pollen for those who are hyper sensitive, even though we have fewer branches,” said Smith.

So how can you keep yourself from sneezing?

“Patients need to use nasal steroids spray, as a preventive before they are miserable,” said Smith.
 
Smith said if you are an allergy sufferer, but an outdoor lover, the best time to go outside to get a little fresh air is in the afternoon.
     
“The heat pushes the pollen up and away from the patients,” said Smith. “The morning is the worst time to be outside for those allergic to pollen.”

And Smith said if tree pollen is your allergen, save some of those Kleenexes for those who haven’t gotten the sniffles yet. They have a long allergy season ahead of them.
     
“The grass and the weed allergic people, and the mold allergic people, it will be a traditional allergy season for them as soon as the weather gets warm and stays warm,” said Smith.

Allergists said over the counter medicines like Allegra will only work when your allergies are mild. They said people need to start taking their allergy medications now so at the peak of allergy season, they won’t feel as bad.
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