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One of the best parts of the beginning of spring is being able to open the windows and let the fresh air in.  But for those who suffer from spring allergies, it might be the last thing they want to do.  According to Lily Pien, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic, for those who really suffer from spring time allergies, avoidance is the best measure.  

“As much as it sounds cruel, we shouldn’t be opening our windows if we are allergic to the tree pollen or the grass pollen because you do want to have one safe haven where you don’t have exposure to the pollens,” said Dr. Pien.

Dr. Pien said springtime allergies typically involve trees - mainly tree pollen and depending on what’s happening with the weather, tree pollen allergy symptoms can start as early as February in some areas of the country.  Trees will typically continue to pollinate into May. Then in early May, grasses begin to pollinate and continue well into July.  So for folks who are allergic to both tree pollen and grass , Dr. Pien said the overlap time during the spring can be the worst between the end of April and the beginning of May.

Those who suffer from spring-time allergies will typically complain of nasal itching, sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, redness, watering, congestion or a scratchy throat during this time.

“The other problem, if there is an early spring, is that there can be some up and down of the people’s symptoms, so you’re not really sure, is it my allergies? Is it a cold? And to pay attention to the symptoms,” said Dr. Pien.

Dr. Pien said while avoidance is best, there are also plenty of over-the-counter allergy medications that can help relieve symptoms.  She said it’s best for allergy sufferers to keep an eye on the forecast this time of year and if there are warm days in the near future, to make sure they have allergy medications handy.

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