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Allergy Season In Full Swing In The QCA

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MOLINE, IL – Allergy season has started, and there are ways to help those who are feeling symptoms.

Dr. Mark Blaser, Allergist at Medical Arts Associates, says, "Right about now, we're just seeing the most severe sufferers to have their symptoms come back."

Early-April is when allergy season starts in full swing, but symptoms could last all the way through summer.

Several people we spoke to tell us they are already experiencing allergies. Linda Bailey of Davenport says, "It makes me feel terrible. Bad. I ended up having to go to the doctor this morning, losing my voice, so she put me on antibiotics. I'm going to pick up the meds right now."

As for many others, they say they haven't felt the symptoms just yet.  Mike McDonald of Davenport tells us, "I have quite a bit of allergies in the summer time and it affects my sinus and I get watery eyes. And it's hard to breathe sometimes."

Dr. Blaser says there are a number of ways to both prevent and treat allergies. "There are several nice over-the-counter antihistamine that either are non-sedating or very minimal risk of sedation. New to the market this year is a nasal steroid spray that can be used for allergies that formally was prescription just until a month ago or so. And then there are a number of eye drops that can be useful."

Beyond the medications, you can also filter out pollen in your own home. Dr. Blazer adds, "Running your air conditioner in the summer months is a very effective pollen screen for people." The pollen molecules are large enough to be caught by the average air conditioner.

Whether you need shots, medicine or even home remedies, there are ways to take the edge out of your allergy symptoms. Dr. Blazer says, "I just tell people not to suffer unnecessarily."

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