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Seasonal Allergies Return

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It's that time of year again. Pollen from trees, flowers, weeds and grass is in the air, and it's making plenty of people pretty miserable.

"I would say about a week ago I know it hit, so I wake up with a headache, congestion in the nasal area. Lots of drainage in the throat area. Eyes kind of itchy and red. I'll take my Allegra and I'll be a little better, but by night it's kind of hit again," says allergy sufferer Julie Bosch.

And the symptoms for those who work outside can be even worse.

"Well, it's mostly runny nose right now. This time of year right now, but usually in the spring of the year, you get a lot of runny eyes and sore throat from all the dust that we kick up," says allergy sufferer Greg Brady.

Seasonal allergies are an immune response to any type of pollen dander, or other foreign substance. Doctors recommend over-the-counter medications to clear up the irritating symptoms, but there's also some other remedies that may be just as effective.

"Wearing a mask if you have to be outside and mow the lawn or work in, um, with the environmental pollens, closing your windows at night instead of having them open, cleaning your house frequently, not being around animals that you know bother you," says Dr. Krissondra Klop, Sanford Health.

Allergies and the common cold do share some of the same symptoms, so knowing the difference between the two is important.

"With allergies, you'll have more of the eye symptoms. With the itchy, watery eyes- sneezing, maybe itchy ears," says Dr. Klop.

And whether you suffer from allergies a lot, or a little, the effects can take quite a toll on the human body.

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