As the trees start to bloom and the grasses and weeds start to grow, people with allergies start to suffer.
Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is seeing patients with seasonal allergies this week.
Symptoms include: runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and dark circles under the eyes.
Avoiding allergens is key. Stay indoors when the pollen county is high, and keep doors and windows closed.
Use lubricating eye drops, cool compresses, and antihistamines.
More severe symptoms may require prescription nasal spray or oral medication.
If you or your child has asthma, it's important to stick to your doctor's prescribed medication regimen.