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In Okemos, Dr. James Brouillette at Ingham Community Medical Center, a partner of Ingham Regional, is treating allergic rhinitis.

The amount of pollen in the air can play a role in whether hay fever symptoms develop. Hot, dry, windy days are more likely to have increased amounts of pollen in the air than cool, damp, rainy days when most pollen is washed to the ground.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include: itchy nose, mouth, eyes, throat or skin; runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, watery eyes, cough, dark circles or puffiness under the eyes, and headache.

Pollen allergies can also cause more serious symptoms like shortness of breath and wheezing.

You can reduce exposure by staying indoors during peak pollen times, from 10am-4pm.

Keeping the air conditioning on at home and in the car can help too.

Nasal irrigation can help flush out pollen particles from the nose, and over-the counter antihistamines can help you feel better.

Asthma sufferers should stick to their prescribed regimen.

See a doctor for severe allergies. A doctor may suggest an allergy skin test and, for very severe symptoms, immunotherapy.

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