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Doctors Say Get Ready for Seasonal Allergies

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Spring is in the air and so is the pollen; doctors say get ready for a long and rough allergy season.

Allergy experts said the rapid surge of warm weather across parts of the country will create higher levels of pollen.

The official start to spring is only two days away, but some have already been suffering from allergies.

"One thing to pay attention to is the pollen you see on your car, said Dr. Ben Burkett of Wesley Medical Center.

He said that's the first indicator to let you know that the pollen level may be high.

"Look and see how much is covering your car, how much is covering your chairs, and your patio furniture," he said.

Burkett says there are some people that should watch out for pollen levels the most.

"People who suffer from asthma and eczema, especially tend to have problems with allergies," he said.

A runny nose and watery eyes can be easily treated with over-the-counter drugs like Zyrtec, Benadryl, or Allegra

"Any over the counter, any histamine is a good idea," said Burkett.
He also suggest starting a daily regimen  if you suffer from severe allergies. However, if the symptoms don't get better, he said it's best to contact a doctor.

"Seek help if despite your best efforts, you continue to have problems," he said.

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