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With Spring Comes Allergies

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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.

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