Springtime in mid-Michigan means allergy season is in full force

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LANSING, MI. (WLNS)- Springtime is officially about to begin – and in mid-Michigan that means allergy season is also in full force.

The sun is out. The birds are chirping. And the first official day of spring is just a few days away.

But springtime also means allergy season for many in mid-Michigan.

“They get, like, bad around this season,” said a Mason resident.

“Springtime is when they kind of peak,” said a resident of Lansing.

Allergist Satish Gupta says he’s seeing more patients now than even just a few weeks ago.

“So a lot of my patients right now, they are coming in to see me because their eyes are reacting, their nose is more stuffy,” Dr. Gupta said.

Dr. Gupta says those symptoms get worse this time of year because it’s tree season.

When trees bud, they release pollen into the air, which causes allergies.

And Dr. Manoj Mohan, an allergist at the Okemos Allergy Center, says pollen is hard to avoid.

“Pollen is a… not very escapable thing. I mean this is everywhere,” Dr. Mohan said.

Still, Dr. Mohan says being proactive is key.

“This is the time to start doing something before it gets too late,” Dr. Mohan said.

So what can you do?

One way to protect yourself from the pollen outside is to roll up your windows when you drive.

Other helpful tips include using the air conditioner in your home instead of opening windows, and immediately taking a shower if you’re outside for a long time.

But doctors say the best way to control your allergies is to take medicine.

“Start the treatment early so that they won’t get too bad,” Dr. Gupta said.

A simple step – to keep you happy and healthy this spring.

Dr. Mohan says if you think your allergies are affecting your sleep and work schedules, those are signs to go see an allergy specialist.

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