Allergy season has arrived

Spring has finally arrived, but unfortunately, so has allergy season.

Now is the time of year when people with pollen-related allergies, like those who are allergic to trees or grass, begin experiencing their first signs and symptoms. Symptoms of allergies often include a runny nose, watery or itchy eyes and sneezing.

If you're experiencing slight symptoms, over-the-counter medications like antihistamines or decongestants will work best. However, if your symptoms are more severe, you should see a doctor.

"If it creates more issues for you where it affects your activities of daily living, you're just miserable, you can actually go and the doctor will prescribe stronger medications to control the symptoms," said Lynelle Diers, Director of Wapello County Public Health.

Diers said if you're not sure you even have an allergy, go to the doctor anyway. They can preform skin tests to determine specifically what, if anything, you're allergic to.