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Spring allergies in full bloom in the Southern Tier

OWEGO (WBNG) — If you suffer from seasonal allergies you’re probably feeling those symptoms now. Experts say allergy season is well underway, but there are ways to make it better. 

"It seems like the season actually came a little bit early," said Tioga County Public Health Educator Kylie Holochak. 

As trees and flowers bloom, they bring with them an unwelcome guest. 

Holochak said, "There’s a lot of pollen in the air and when that pollen gets into the nose and the mouth of somebody who is sensitive to that, it can attack the immune system."

Runny nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing and coughing are just some of the common symptoms. 

Holochak said while there’s no way to completely avoid allergens there are ways to reduce contact with them. 

Pollen can make its way onto your clothes, carpet, even hair. Which is why vacuuming, regularly washing your clothes and body are important. 

On days with high allergen counts Holochak reccomends, "You’re going to want to stay indoors, you’re not going to want to have a fan in the window blowing all that pollen indoors." 

She also says a number of over-the-counter medications can help, like anti-histamines or nasal spray. She recommends, however, taking those medications with caution, only taking the recommended doses and consulting with a doctor first if you’re on other medicines. 


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