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It's time to prepare for allergy season

Updated: Thursday, March 20 2014, 08:59 PM CDT
Reported by: Christina Butler

Spring has finally arrived, and that is sure to make many people happy. But for allergy sufferers, it's not all good news.

"What will likely happen with a bad winter is everything will start a little bit later,  but because it's starting a little bit later things are going to be blooming at the same time. So it may just be a little more intense for some people," explains Dr. Amy Auerbach with Allergy and Asthma Consultants in York County.

She also explains that anyone can get allergies, even if they have never had them before. "I've treated 60 year olds who are just getting them," she says.

Maple trees are already registering pollen levels, and other trees are expected to begin showing up in the next few weeks as well.

"It's a little strange because it is still snowing and we have trees pollinating, but that's the way it works.  And were going to see more in the next week, and through April and May there's going to be a lot of tree pollen around," says Dr. Auerbach.

If you think you may have allergies but have never been tested, a simple skin test can provide some answers.

"If you do have allergies it makes sense to get it checked out because there are so many possibilities. A lot of people come and they're like oh yeah for years I've been miserable all spring.  It doesn't have to be like that, there's tons of possibilities. It's worth making sure you get it checked out," Dr. Auerbach recommends.  http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/allergies
It's time to prepare for allergy season


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