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Preparing For Allergy Season

April 1, 2014, 6:09 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Preparing For Allergy Season

If you've been sneezing and wheezing, you might have a virus, but chances are its seasonal allergies.

While it doesn't feel much like spring, if you look closely, you'll see the signs of the season.

"The trees are already budding," Dakota Allergy and Asthma Certified Nurse Practitioner Lindsey Peterson said.

That sight has people coming to doctors' offices already searching for allergy relief.

"It's harder to breathe and a really runny nose. I make sure I don't touch my eyes or anything like that," Paul Bubak said.

Bubak gets allergy shots to help with his symptoms. Even if you're not suffering yet, you might want to start taking medication now.

"The big thing would be nose sprays. The nice thing now is that there is a nose spray that just went over the counter called Nasacort," Peterson said.

Peterson says nasal steroids take about ten days to really start working.

It's important to get out in front of your symptoms because once they get really bad, they can be difficult to control.

"Once you have full-blown symptoms, it's a lot harder to relieve some of those symptoms. Often times we are finding we have to do oral steroids with people. Most often times, people don't necessarily like to take them because of the side effects," Peterson said.

Peterson says it's difficult to predict how severe this allergy season will be, but you can expect grass to start pollinating around May. That's the most common pollen allergy.

Meanwhile, Bubak says his allergy symptoms are a lot better after taking shots for three years.

"I don't have to take my rescue medication as much and just overall the symptoms are far better," Bubak said.

Peterson says our colder weather could slightly push back allergy season.

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