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Spring brings flowers and sneezes for some

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The hope is that with rainfall and potential snow in the forecast, allergy sufferers can get a little relief- even if it is just temporary.
More and more folks are filling up doctor's offices like Dr. Beth Miller's because of spring allergies.
The trees and flowering plants may look pretty, but they can be a nightmare for allergy sufferers.
"I literally couldn't go outside without my eyes swelling shut," said Kentucky transplant, Debi Hardin, who wasn't at all prepared for allergy flare-ups when she first moved here from New York years ago.
"My first fall here, I remember riding my bike around with a box of tissues."
It's a story a lot of us can relate to- pretty blooms equal sneezing and wheezing.
"Many of the patients have year-round with seasonal exacerbations," said Dr. Beth Miller, Director of UK Asthma, Allergy and Sinus Clinics.
Even for folks who aren't allergic to tree pollen and mold, the barometric pressure change that accompanies the changing of seasons can create its own set of problems.
"A patient with allergic rhinitis can also have non-allergic rhinitis symptoms and triggers and it really is just the change in the weather,” she said.
Hardin's discovered once-a-month allergy shots help her symptoms.
"I was able to be outside and play in my yard, even though my car is covered in pollen because I take these shots," said Hardin.
In terms of treatment, Dr. Miller suggests a nasal spray, but cautions against the use of Afrin, in particular, as it can lead to dependency.
Of course, ask your doctor for a best course of treatment.
Dr. Miller says tree pollen has increased most in the last few weeks.
The spring allergy season typically runs through the end of May and that's when grass pollen increases.
In the fall, it's ragweed that gives most people problems.


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