Allergy season kicks into full bloom

May 04, 2018 04:40 PM

With flowers in bloom and trees budding, many of us are sneezing.

Seasonal allergies are always a big problem this time of the year. Itchy watery eyes, sneezing, headaches -- allergy sufferers know these symptoms all too well.

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Dr. Nazia Habib says seasonal allergies typically start to cause problems in late March or April. This year though, it wasn't until this week that the calls to her office started coming in.

Habib says allergies typically develop over time, so even if you've never had them before, they could sneak up on you.

The best way to decipher if what you're experiencing is a cold or allergies is to check your temperature. Both will cause runny or stuffy noses, fatigue and coughs. It is more likely to be a cold if you have a sore throat, fever or aches and pains.

Dr. Habib said the best way to attack your allergies is with a medication that has an antihistamine in it -- something like Claritin, Allegra or Benadryl. Those can be purchased over the counter.

A lot of the medications are once a day, but Habib said it's actually best to start the routine a month before you expect allergies to kick in. That would have been the end of March -- so people beginning to take them now will probably have another rough week before relief kicks in.


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