Allergists see cases of tree pollen allergies to the QCA early this year

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Spring is officially here, and so is "hay fever," the allergic reaction to pollen.

"It's starting to get warm, there's no more snow, hopefully there won't be more snow," Gilbert Sierra said.

That warmer weather has Sierra and his son, GG Sierra out enjoying the first couple days of spring.

"Just enjoying the weather, just you know going bike riding, going running, you know hopefully it'll get a lot more warmer and then we can do more things outside you know," Gilbert Sierra said.

For GG, though, springtime brings seasonal allergies.

"Just like a runny nose every once in a while and having to wipe it constantly," GG Sierra said.

He says while frustrating, he doesn't let the effects of tree pollen keep him from going outside.

"I still go to school everyday and just have to deal with it," GG Sierra said.

"The classic symptoms of allergy are things that itch," Dr. Mark Blaser, an allergist at Medical Arts in Moline said. "Itcy eyes, itchy nose, sneezing then also watery eyes congestion and a number of other symptoms like that."

Blaser says the warm stretch of winter weather this year caused for some early tree pollination, which had several of his patients dealing with symptoms.

"The individuals that were feeling the symptoms were more in what I would call my elite category," Blaser added.

Blaser says there are ways for allergy sufferers to find relief and still enjoy these spring days.

"If people have severe allergies, they can of course stay in doors which is not what we look for in late March and April, there are a host of over the counter medicines, the nasal steroid sprays," he said.

Blaser says if nasal sprays don't do the trick, people can also find over the counter eye drops to help with seasonal allergies.

He adds that rainfall helps to settle pollen and offers some relief to people with allergies.

He says trees usually finish pollinating sometime in May.