By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After a long winter most of us look forward to green grass and buds on trees. But for many that also means spring allergies.

“Many people are noticing this time of year that they’re getting those itchy eyes and they’re starting to get a little nasal stuffiness and sneezing,” said Dr. David Hilden of the Hennepin County Medical Center.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

He expects spring allergies will become a problem in two to three weeks.

But he says preventive steps can be taken.

“If you have a history of allergies and you have a pattern of your allergies flaring up in the spring time, then it’s a good idea to start your antihistamines now,” Dr. Hilden said.

He says nasal washes also can be helpful. That would include salt-water nasal washes or nasal irrigation.

On high pollen count days it’s a good idea to keep windows closed.

Comments (7)
  1. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Trees can start pollinating even though they may not have leaves on them. The willows are starting to come out. Also, when the snow starts to melt, it will reveal mold that laid barren for months. That is why people with mold allergies may be having problems now. According to pollen counts in the newspapers and Weather Channel, tree pollen counts are in the moderate range, so people with allergies may be having problems.

  2. Murph says:

    Use a leaf blower to disintegrate those patches of gray mold on your lawn.The rain will send what’s left harmlessly into the ground.Also getting rid of the old and new leaves on the ground will give your lawn a better look in the next couple weeks! Did mine today and yesterday! The snow is completely gone even the snow banks.

  3. MAJ says:

    My allergies are terrible right now. I would expect they will be gone in two or three weeks provided we get nice warm weather and that the trees are well along in leafing out.

    1. Rev. J says:

      ****You liberals are SO sheltered that you have allergic reactions when you go outside. But you tell us how to live?

  4. mom says:

    Netti Pot can help it is so much better than taking pills,,,

  5. mom says:

    Rusty and Rev J do you know how to read? your goofy go away

  6. smilinggreenmom says:

    We have been dealing with this too! Ugh! I would love to try a Neti Pot since we are a green and natural family. Our son has severe food allergies, and once had such terrible eczema caused by intolerances and thankfully his Belly Boost probiotic helped with that so much! He now looks and feels great but spring is always our biggest concern. We are way more aware this time of year as it seems to make him feel symptoms more – keeping our whole foods and probiotics coming to hopefully really boost our immunities!

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