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Allergy Season Upon Us, Mayo Clinic Health System Doctor Say

April 29, 2019 10:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Spring allergy sufferers -- you've likely noticed something in the air the past couple days.

With the trees and flowers budding, allergy sufferers are once again dealing with the seasonal sniffles.

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Dr. Michael Ulrich with Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin said a number of factors are coming together to bring on the runny noses and watery eyes many are familiar with this time of year.

"When snow melts, often there's a release of fungal spores and elements from the ground come up," he said. "Then the pollen, the tree pollen is a big thing that's going to be starting very soon if not now."

In order to avoid issues, Ulrich said allergy sufferers should have a good furnace filter and a personal HEPA-rated filter in their bedroom. While it may be comfortable to do so, he also recommends not sleeping with an open window.

Once the sniffles set in, he said there are a number of over-the-counter products people can use to address symptoms, though it's important to be cautious if taking medications that cause drowsiness, especially if that person plans to drive.

Ulrich said he expects this allergy season to be comparable to last year if not slightly worse, though it's hard to predict exactly what could happen

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