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Bloom or gloom, opinion depends on allergies

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The sweet smell of spring in the air is also quite a bitter experience for seasonal allergy sufferers.

Even though winter held on longer this year, the inevitable blooming of plants is beginning.

The seasonal springtime sniffles started slowly for some, but now the strengthening sun is speeding up sneezing for sufferers.

"These strong winds that we've had with the storms down south have actually blown some of that pollen up here.  So some of my allergy patients have already been feeling symptoms for the last two to three weeks," says allergist at Mayo Clinic Health System, Dr. Adela Taylor.

"Eyes start itching, then sneezing, then my asthma kicks in on top of that," explains allergy sufferer Kristi Schultz.

This year spring will corner suffers and deliver a double blow.

"For just tree sufferers it will be bad, but short lived.  Grass sufferers it's going to be about the same.  But if you're allergic to multiple things, prepare for the next few months to be pretty severe," says Dr. Taylor.

That's because everything is overlapping because spring is so late, but what can you do other than reach for a tissue?

"The first thing is to keep the windows shut and run the air conditioning or at least run the fan through the air conditioning and don't let that outside pollen into your home," answers Dr. Taylor.

Next, shower at night to rinse off pollen and dry your laundry indoors and when you do step into the outdoors, be prepared.

"Get ahead of the game and take your medication before if you're going outside.  Make sure that you have it," says Schultz.

Also, understand allergies and know what makes you tick or rather, drip.

"Not everything that sneezes, sniffles and runs is a cold.  So if your cold symptom is associated with a lot of itchy eye symptom think allergies," says Dr. Taylor.

If over the counter medicines and boxes of Kleenex don't solve your problem at this point it may be time to see a professional.

"You don't have to suffer.  So if you're sick and tired of being sick and tired you should probably go in and be seen and see if there's something that can be done to help," says Dr. Taylor.

Because something as microscopic as pollen shouldn't stop you from enjoying the season.

Doctors say allergy shots are the best solution available to stop symptoms at the source and treatment depends on what you're allergic to.

For pollen forecasts in the Eau Claire area, check out www.pollen.com.

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