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Winter Cold – or Spring Allergies?

The warmer than average temperatures this winter have led trees to release their pollen into the air earlier than usual. That’s great if you’re a lonely tree, but not so great if you’re a person who suffers from seasonal plant allergies, also known as hay fever.

Feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu? It might be allergies if -

  • Your symptoms kicked in fast. (Colds take days.)
  • Symptoms last longer than a week
  • You don’t have fever or aches.
  • Your nose is running and it’s clear.

You can help alleviate allergy symptoms by avoiding the outdoors during times when pollen counts are highest, usually early and late in the day. Following pollen counts in the news can help you predict high levels, too.

You can also help prevent allergy symptoms by:

  • Keeping windows closed in your house and car and running the air conditioner
  • Avoiding mowing grass and doing other yard work. If you have to do yard work, wear a mask that filters pollen.
  • Trying certain over-the-counter medication. Be extra careful when giving allergy medication to children.

Learn more about dealing with hay fever.

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