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Are your allergies bothering you?

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The sunshine is firing up pollen allergies.

Did all of that rain we had last week make things better for us? We find out the facts from Jefferson Surgical Clinic, Ear Nose and Throat Specialist Dr. Geoff Harter.

Dr. Harter says, "A lot of people believe that when it rains it washes stuff out of the atmosphere, that probably is somewhat true. The bigger problem with the rain is when the ground is so wet you have to worry about mold. People don't think about mold too much in the spring, but in fact spring is a bad time of the year for mold allergies."

Even with the snow and cold weather we saw over the winter months, the back and forth in temperatures hasn't helped.

He says, "The big problem we have had this winter there has been such a fluctuation in the temperatures. Even during the winter we had some warm days and cold days. Just a few days ago cold and now it is warm that is really hard on our allergy patients."

Allergy testing can lead to better relief. And once doctors figure out what is causing your symptoms there are drops available instead of injections. Since the drops are not FDA approved they are an out of pocket expense.

In addition to allergy medicines that are available over the counter here are some other ways to find relief:

* Change out of clothes after working in the yard right away.

* Masks help if they are the kind that fit tightly and have a filter

* Saline nasal sprays

* Neti pots

The drastic weather changes cause general sinus irritation which makes those allergies seem worse.

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