MedWatch-Spring allergies

MedWatch-Spring allergies

(ABC) -Spring has sprung. While many will enjoy the warmer temperatures, others will be battling spring allergies.

While you may be enjoying the beautiful spring view, millions of Americans are in misery with watery itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing. Yep, it's spring allergy season.

"The most common allergen in the spring-first we see tree pollen, and then following the tree pollen we see grass pollen, so that's usually the way the progression is," said Dr. Stanley Fineman, an allergist at the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic.

Although it is near impossible to avoid all pollen, there are some things you can do to limit your exposure: keep the doors and windows in your home and car shut, to keep the pollen out. Take a shower and wash your hair after outdoor activities, so you don't bring the pollen inside with you. Wipe off pets when they come indoors and don't let them sleep in your bed with you and transfer any pollen. And, if you know you suffer from spring allergies, start taking medications before your symptoms begin.

"If the tissues swell, and that is one of the symptoms we see in allergic response, so when the tissues swell they can block the sinus passages and those need to stay open so the mucus can drain," said Dr. Fineman.

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