Spring Allergy Season Finally Here

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While many are welcoming the signs of spring like green grass and budding trees, people with allergies are dreading this time of year.

Spring is in the air, and with it plenty of pollen

"We have some pollen that's being distributed, there will be buckets more coming down the road," said Peter Carrington, Assistant Curator of the WJ Beal Botanical Garden at Michigan State.

Allergens are building up, starting with tree pollens.

"All of the oaks," Carrington said. "Pine trees, junipers and cedars they will all in turn be dumping their large compliments of pollen into the air."

Which will only get worse if there's a warm, dry stretch.
Plus if the weather cooperates, Carrington says it could be a matter of days before grass pollens become an issue.

"The grasses are very fast actors in all of this," he said. "Because most grasses are wind pollen it's when they send up their flower stock that we really see the pollen start hitting the airwaves."

It's no where near peak, but at Okemos Allergy Center some people are already feeling the effects.

"Sneezing, itching, stuffy, itchy eyes maybe some azthma symptoms too," said Dr. Manoj Mohan.

For the nearly 50 million people who suffer from seasonal allergies Dr. Mohan says relief might be as close as your local pharmacy. He recommends over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal saline solutions.

A person's symptoms vary depending on their sensitivity and how long they spend outside, so Dr. Mohan says limiting your exposure helps.

"But there's only so much you can do with pollen I mean this stuff travels in the air for far distances," he said.

And while Dr. Mohan says it's too early to tell how harsh this season will be, he's telling patients to prepare for the long-term.

"It's definitely going to get worse, it's just the beginning," he added.