Seasonal allergies hit hard

Plants typically begin to release pollen's in February and March (MGN Online)

Sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes: People suffering from seasonal allergies can't seem to catch a break due to recent roller coaster temperatures and high winds.

Plants typically begin to release pollen in February and March. A number of northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa towns are currently under a 'local pollen' alert.

Maple, cedar and elm trees are responsible for releasing the most pollen into the air and triggering that alert. While it's impossible to avoid the impact from weather, there are steps you can take to minimize allergy symptoms.

One tip is to check the local pollen and mold counts. When an alert is issued for that given day, try to spend less time outdoors and be aware of what plants are causing the biggest impact.

You can also get ahead of your allergies. If you seem to experience symptoms every year at the same time, ask your doctor about medication.

Take medicine a couple weeks before your symptoms usually begin. While at the doctors, you can also ask for a test, to learn exactly what triggers your allergy symptoms at each season change.

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