Allergy Season Comes Early

By KBJR News 1

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Whether you have them or not everyone can tell when it's allergy season.

"Just the spring time when the seasons change I generally get running noses and I've been experiencing it a lot sooner with the seasons changing a lot sooner," said Alexandra Fowler, who suffers from allergies in the spring.

Budding trees, lingering mold, and greening grass are bringing on symptoms for many with allergies.

"I'm allergic to pollen mostly it gets worse in the spring and when they are really bad I get a stuffy nose and really itchy eyes and when they get really bad I get like asthma like symptoms," said Molly Berkeland, who lives in Duluth

"I don't get them too bad, but I definitely do experience like runny nose and itchy eyes and stuff so I have already been experiencing them so it really sucks," said Fowler.

Pharmacists say that there is typically a lull in the winter months when it comes to allergy symptoms, but not this year.

"We used to see kind of a dip down in the middle of the winter and then kind of resurgence in the spring. We've really just seen a flat, kind of a steady stream of people looking for things to treat those allergies," said Barbara John, a pharmacist at Target

John says it's hard to determine if this will be a worse than normal allergy season due to the fact that the early allergy season is overlapping with influenza.

"If you're constantly blowing your nose and it just doesn't seem that anything is going away that would more than likely be an allergy. If you have a fever spiking or any kind of aches and pains going along with it, it's more than likely something else," said John.

Two seasons intersecting; making the beginning of this allergy season a doozy.

Experts say if you know you are going to be exposed to an irritant or trigger for your allergies, make sure you are taking medications regularly, both before and after you come in contact with the allergen.

Written for the web by Elayne Crecelius
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