Tis the season for coughing, sneezing, and congestion

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"Well for me it's all day everyday and it has been all my life," said Sherri Tribble.

Sherri Tribble and her son Jake are allergy sufferers.  Sherri says while hers is a year round issue, they're trying to get a handle on Jake's seasonal allergy issues now.

"He has the same things just congestion headaches," said Tribble.

"Time will ultimately make things better," said Dr. Scot Snodgrass at the Allergy Clinic in Jonesboro.

Dr. Scot Snodgrass says there's a mixed bag of things in the air.

"Ragweed which is prominent in the fall, mold counts which are up," said Dr. Snodgrass.

Allergens that cause coughing, sneezing, and, in some cases, a  downright miserable feeling.

"Because it's so dry, and because we live in an agricultural area, we have mixtures of ag dust, we have mixtures of smoke when they're burning the rice fields," said Dr. Snodgrass.

Dr. Snodgrass says while time will make things better,  he says what would help things immediately would be anything that helps cleanse the air like a frost or freeze or a sustained rain.

"Which would number one cleanse the air, and number two calm the dust down," said Dr. Snodgrass.

Dr. Snodgrass says ways to minimize exposure to outdoor allergens include:

Keeping door and car windows up

Not hanging clothes outside to dry because pollen collects

Wear a mask if mowing or raking

Avoid outside activities between 5 and 10 a-m.

Dr. Snodgrass says if you are taking medicine, make sure it's to treat the symptoms you have.  He adds, for some that still isn't enough.

"They've maximized their avoidance, they've maximized their medications and they're ready to move on into something like allergy shots which treats the cause rather than the symptoms," said Dr. Snodgrass.

For Sherri and Jake, she hopes a few tests now will put him on track for allergy free days ahead.

"During the summer is his only really good time," said Sherri Tribble.

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