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Allergies Spring Into Action

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April 13, 2005--Posted at 5:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO--Spring is in full bloom and unfortunately for some people so are their allergies.

So how do you cope with those itchy eyes and runny noses?

You've seen many picture perfect days lately, but these spring blooms can be deceiving when you have allergies.

Just ask little five year old Trevor, he has to get an allergy shot every week.

"It makes me feel better for my allergies," Trevor says.

If he doesn't get his medicine...

" I feel sick," Trevor says.

He's not alone. Lots of people struggle with allergies especially this time of year.

Dr. Scott Snodgrass says,"What we're in right now is tree pollen season. Behind that will be grass pollination which starts about the last of April."

The spring allergy season hit a little late this year, and for those who are feeling the effects, Dr. Snodgrass recommends over the counter antihistamines first, but...

"If your tired of taking medications and you want to treat more of the underlying conditions rather than the treatment of the symptoms then I think you need to see an allergist," Dr. Snodgrass says.

If dust mites are more of a problem than pollen, there are some effective steps you can take like spring cleaning, however...

"When people do spring cleaning they stir up the dust," Dr. Snodgrass says.

You may suffer short-term symptoms but long-term it'll be better. Another tip?

"Wash your bed sheets in extremely hot water," Dr.Snodgrass says.

That means about 130 degrees, and do it once a week. You can also...

"In case your mattress, box springs and pillow in what's called and allergens in casing which is a zippered in casing which is impermeable to human scale which is what dust mites feed off of," Dr. Snodgrass says.

And one last tip...

"Make sure your vacuuming with some kind of hepa system on your vacuum," Dr. Snodgrass says.

Changing out dirty air filters will also help.

Hopefully these tips will help you breath easy and see a little more clearly.

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