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Seasonal asthma concerns spring up

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

With spring weather finally approaching, doctors say we have to start worrying about asthma season.

While most just think of allergies as sneezing and itchy, watery eyes, specialists say breathing issues can spring up this time of year stemming from the changing of the seasons. And these temporary symptoms are different than the ones for people who suffer with asthma all their life.

"There's allergic asthma and non-allergic asthma. It's the allergic asthma that we have to worry about now that spring is approaching. You know, the grass is growing, the trees are coming out, the flowers -- all that sort of thing," says Richard Hinchliffe a registered respiratory therapist. "That happens when the pollen is released from these flowers; our body breathes it in and people with asthma have this hyper-sensitive immune system and it overreacts."

Specialists say the classic symptom of this seasonal asthma is wheezing.

And they say the best way to start breathing better is to see your doctor to get an inhaler.

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