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How to get relief from spring allergens

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Allergy season is here and experts say if not taken care of it can be a very dangerous problem, especially for people dealing with asthma.

The most common allergen right now is tree pollen and mold, which can cause sniffing, sneezing, and a runny nose.

Dr. John Winder of the Toledo Center for Clinical Research says tree pollen has a moderate concentration that goes up and down depending on the weather.

“It's probably not going to be as severe as it was last year… The winter before did not stop until late April and everything that should have been pollinating in from late February did not until the end of April,” said Dr. Winder.

According to Dr. Winder, allergies are inherited. He says one of the easiest ways to avoid your triggers is to keep your doors and windows in your home and car closed in order to keep to pollen out. He also recommends taking a shower after any outdoor activity.

“If you have to mow your lawn, mow it in midday rather than mid-morning, you will be better off,” said Dr. Winder.

He says getting treated is extremely important because about 10 percent of people with allergies will soon progress to having asthma.

“Actually 85 percent of children with asthma have allergies as a trigger and probably at least 50 percent of adults with asthma have allergies that trigger,” said Dr. Winder.

If you have symptoms Dr. Winder says over the counter allergy medicines should do the trick. 

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