MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you have noticed your eyes watering, and you are sneezing more than usual — you are not alone.

Hennepin County Medical Center Allergy Specialist Dr. John Sweet says allergy season is right on time.

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“We usually peak at the State Fair,” Sweet said.

He says symptoms — which first appear to be like cold-like — include watery eyes, sneezing and itchy throats.

“But cold lasts about five days whereas allergy symptoms can last up to a month,” he said.

If you are wondering if you can get allergies, even later in life, the answer is “yes.”

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“Particularly if one parent passes along the gene,” Sweet said.

There are good over-the-counter medicines, but you should seek professional help if things get worse.

Other ways of getting relief include simply staying indoors, or if you’re outside, wear those wrap-around sun glasses to protect your eyes.

And Sweet says it is a good idea to shower at the end of the day to wash away all that pollen for a better night’s sleep.

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