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Pollen season is here with a vengeance

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Pollen season is here (Shutterstock)

It seems to be everywhere. Pollen covers our driveways, fills our gutters, and blankets our cars.

North Carolinians are used to seeing the yellow powdery substance this time of year, and many of us are all too familiar with the major allergy symptoms from pollen. You could find yourself sneezing, having itchy eyes, feeling a runny nose, or coughing.

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Unfortunately, our warm winter means you probably felt the symptoms earlier than usual.

"This year, the pollen season started early, about a week before it typically does," said Dr. Gurvinder Deogun, of Allergy Partners of Raleigh. "And then as the trees start pollinating, people who have nasal allergies or eye allergies or allergic asthma will start having their symptoms."

She says people new to the area may feel worse allergy symptoms compared to their previous homes.

"It's basically because we just have many more trees and the amount of pollen we see, even visibly can see, is higher than we see in most of the rest of the country," Dr. Deogun said.

She said there are many ways to lessen the impacts of pollen allergies. There are over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal sprays, allergy shots, or if symptoms are really severe, she said you should see an allergist.

Here are some other tips from Dr. Deogun:

-Don't go out during peak pollination periods
-Take a shower or wash your hands and face after you go outside
-Change your clothes after going outside
-If needed, use a nasal spray -If needed, take an antihistamine
-If severe, see a doctor about allergy shots

More info: https://www.allergypartners.com/raleigh/

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