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Pollen wave brings on allergies

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The weather's warm, the sun's shining and pollen is everywhere.

And with pollen comes allergies.

Doctor's offices have been slam packed this week.

Aside from being a mess, the yellow madness means itchy eyes, sore throats, runny noses, coughing, sneezing…you know the drill.

It may be easy to get off the car but getting it out of your system is a different story.

From pills to nasal sprays, Allergist Paul Mehlhop, M.D. says different treatments work differently for everyone.

"There are both over the counter and prescriptions options for medications," he said.

But do over the counter medicines eventually stop working?

"There's nothing really documented in terms of developing a tolerance to antihistamines, but I do hear it over and over again over the years, so I think there has to be something behind that. There certainly is no disadvantage of switching between one and the other," Mehlhop said.

He says one way to avoid the pollen is to use the air conditioning instead of windows. Another tip:

"Usually pollen levels are at the highest between 5am and 10am, and then again around dusk, so if you can avoid being outside during those times it could be more advantageous," said Mehlhop.

For severe cases you can ask your doctor about an allergy shot.

Mehlhop says we are just starting to reach the peak of tree pollen season now, but next comes the grass pollen.

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