If your eyes are itchy and your nose is stuffy or running, it's because spring is in the air-- literally.
Doctors say allergy season has arrived in our region with a vengeance and they're seeing a lot of patients suffering from spring time pollen in the air.
Last year's warm temperatures in March meant an early start to allergy season, but this year, the trees are pollenating a little late.
"This year it's been rainy and things have been delayed just a bit, so it depends really which specific trees you're allergic to. So, some people who are maple allergic started showing allergy symptoms several weeks ago. People who are birch pollen allergic will have just started in the last couple of days and it can just hit full force," said Dr. Elizabeth Jaffe of Timber Lane Asthma and Allergy.
Jaffe says birch pollen counts are high right now. Over-the-counter medications can help some people, but for those not finding relief, prescriptions are necessary. She says it's important to treat early.
If you're allergic to pollen you may also suffer from something called oral allergy syndrome, which means you can get an itchy tongue, throat and lips by eating some raw fruits and vegetables, including carrots, apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums and cherries.
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