Got allergies? Prepare for rough spring

Sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes are all signs that allergy season is officially here.

While some may not be feeling those symptoms yet, those with allergies need to prepare for a rough spring.

Doctors say that with the cold spurts Kansas City has seen in the last month, allergy season is getting a late start. An unusually-high amount of pollen is expected this spring, so doctors say the best thing to do is prepare yourself now.

"I recommend that people ask your doctor about what medications might be effective for treating allergy symptoms, and get prepared for them now," said Dr. Jay Portnoy, chief of allergy, asthma and immunology at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. "Get the prescriptions filled now so you're ready to go when allergy season starts."

Besides antihistamines, there are also medications to help ease allergy symptoms such as nasal sprays or eye drops.

If all else fails, it might be time to see an allergy specialist.

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