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An Early Allergy Season

March 16, 2012, 6:07 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

An Early Allergy Season

Many are enjoying our above average temperatures.  But it's also causing problems for allergy sufferers; the season has also arrived a lot sooner than usual.

With temperatures in the 70s and some areas even hitting 80 degrees, more people are spending time outdoors.  But, more allergy sufferers are also heading indoors, itching for relief.

"I usually start coughing stuff," Malaki Gaspar said.

Seven-year-old Gaspar is getting a checkup for his allergies and asthma. Mold, dust and pollen are his main triggers.

"The snow is gone and the mold is out doing its thing. The trees are actually starting to pollinate too," Dr. Mark Bubak with Dakota Asthma and Allergy said.

If you're not willing to give up enjoying our beautiful weather outside, Bubak says you have a few options.

"If you have the hay fever thing, starting up with the antihistamines, like the Allegra and Zyrtec especially help out.  And if it's not working out, then you need to see your doctor about more treatment options," Bubak said.

Those options can include nasal steroid sprays and allergy shots, which are things Gaspar does not want to think about.

"'Cause I don't want to get any extra medicine. It tastes really bad," Gaspar said.

But he's still itching for help so he, too, can enjoy the great outdoors.

If you're not sure whether you're battling a cold or allergies, Bubak says colds usually last a week to ten days, but allergies stick around longer. The symptoms are different too; allergy sufferers often deal with an itchy nose and eyes.

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