Today may be the first day of spring but allergy season is in full swing. Dr. Linda Ford is a physician at the Asthma and Allergy Center in Bellevue and says blame the warmer winter for this sudden burst of pollen. She says usually there is a gradual increase in pollen but this year trees exploded with it.
Dr. Ford says there are many good over-the-counter medications that are non-sedating that take care of the watering eyes, sneezing and congestion but sometimes a prescription is needed.
Dr. Ford says rinsing out your nose with saline can decrease the amount of pollen in the nose. Pollen can cling to clothing so changing clothes after being outdoors can also help.