2016 spring allergy sufferers struggle through extended season

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 19, 2016) -- With highs hovering around 80 every day this week, many Hoosiers are celebrating the signs of spring.

Trees are blooming early, which means an extended season of sneezing and coughing for allergy sufferers.

Dr. Christopher Kidwell says some people who have never had problems before are now at his office.

Dr. Kidwell says many aren’t sure if they’re dealing with allergies because allergy symptoms often mimic colds. If it is allergies, all you can do is treat the symptoms.

“Something as simple as antihistamines, like Benadryl at night or Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra in the day, can be enough to dry those things up and help to minimize some things and help you sleep better and feel better throughout the days,” said Dr. Kidwell.

Nasal sprays and saline solutions can also help, Dr. Kidwell says. But pricey machinery, like humidifiers and air purifiers are likely a waste of money unless you have asthma.

Instead, Dr. Kidwell recommends most people stick to showering before going to bed and keeping pollen out of the house in the first place.

“There are some things you can do to maybe minimize the repercussions,” he said. “If you can, keep the windows closed when it’s especially windy or certain days are worse than others in terms of the pollen count and things.

For allergy sufferers, that means you should probably keep the windows shut this weekend. Pollen.com shows that after just a bit of relief tomorrow and Thursday, the tree pollen count is back in the red by Friday.

Other tips from Dr. Kidwell include wearing a mask if you have to do work outside or in a dusty environment and taking the medication you choose regularly throughout the allergy season.

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