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Sneezing, itching and watery eyes? It's probably spring allergies

Pollen has arrived in the Triad leaving many already dealing with sneezing, itching and watery eyes. There are ways to find allergy relief.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — While a weekend cooldown and rain are providing some temporary relief, seasonal allergy sufferers are already feeling pollen's impact. 

Sneezing, itching and watery eyes are just some of the side effects many deal with as spring blowing begins. 

Dr. Erin Dennis with the Allergy and Asthma Center of NC broke down how to handle allergies and the best ways to find relief this season.

Allergy season is starting earlier this year, but it's not clear if it will be a worse season for allergy sufferers. 

Dr. Dennis said she does expect to see a longer pollen season with higher pollen counts but only time will tell. 

If you're trying to decide whether you are dealing with a cold or allergies, there are two symptoms to monitor. 

  • If you have a fever: chances are you have a cold or some other respiratory virus. Fever is not a symptom of allergies 
  • If you are itching: it's most likely allergies, it is a main symptom of seasonal irritation

When it comes to relief with medication here is what to look for at the pharmacy: 

  • Over-the-counter medications with antihistamines that do not make you drowsy 
  • Nasal sprays, especially ones with steroids
  • Don't use decongestants for more than three days. It's a myth is that decongestants are good long-term allergy options. If you take them for more than 3 days, your nose can stop decongesting on its own 

If you’re concerned that you may be experiencing allergies, perhaps for the first time, reach out to your primary care provider. They are a good first stop. 

If you are not getting any relief from allergy medication or are sick of taking it, it might be time to reach out to an allergist. 



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