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What's Going Around: Seasonal allergies ramp up

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Flowers and trees are starting to bud and while it's beautiful, it can also trigger your allergies.

The pollen being released can cause seasonal allergies in the spring, but doctors say seasonal allergies can also happen in the summer and fall.

Dr. Stephen Lo with Group Health Cooperative-South Central Wisconsin's Hatchery Hill Clinic says you can treat the symptoms at home. Dr. Lo says to try to avoid the specific plants to which you are allergic. If you don't know what they are, then keep the windows and doors to your home closed.

Over-the-counter antihistamines can help control and prevent symptoms, so he suggests taking them every day during your allergy season. To reduce runny nose and sneezing, try nasal steroid sprays. There are also antihistamine eye drops for itchy and watery eyes.

If you have asthma, Dr. Lo says it's important to remember seasonal allergies can trigger an asthma attack. He suggests you keep both under control.

If you have questions or your symptoms don't improve, Dr. Lo suggests seeing your provider.

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