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Spring allergens have you feeling under the weather?


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Spring is in the air, literally. Coughing, sneezing, itchy red eyes it's the time of the year, for allergies. According to the National Allergy Foundation more than 50-million Americans suffer from some form of allergen.

A doctor at the Albert Lea Medical Center said more people have been suffering from spring allergens like mold, due to the damp spring.

Sunny weather and warm temperatures are finally here, but statistics show that means the on-set of allergies for 1 in 5 Americans. Grass, trees, flowers and even mold are popular culprits. So how can you enjoy this time of the year and keep your allergies under control? A local medical doctor gave us a few tips to avoiding this season's strongest allergen, mold. He recommends trying to minimize exposure to damp areas, including removing cardboard and papers in the basement, which are prone to getting damp.

Over the years statistics have shown an increase in people with allergies, so what's causing the up tick?

"Kids who grew up on the farm have fewer allergies than those that grew up in the city. There is some thought that the exposure to different allergens when your younger actually has a protectant effect. So as we become more of an urban society, allergens are becoming more prevalent," said Dr. Maschka, with the Albert Lea Medical Center.

If you can't seem to shake allergy symptoms Dr. Maschka recommends over the counter antihistamines, like Clariton and Zertec. He also said generic prescriptions work as well as the name brand.


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