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The most common Spring allergies in east Texas typically start with pollen, transition to mold with April showers and shift to ragweed when we warm up.


It's a vicious cycle for people of all ages.

 "Spring time and fall time is my worst time of year," W. H. Ward said.

 W. H. Ward has suffered from allergies his whole life.

"Runny nose, coughing, sneezing, the whole nine yards," Ward said.

And after trying over the counter meds for years - he's at the doctors office getting shots to help build his immunity against allergens that bother him.

"Some of them have cleared, I'm not allergic to them anymore, or not as bad," Ward said.

"Some patients are already coming in to the office with increased symptoms or some that never suffered anything," said Dr. Luis Destarac.

Destarac specializes in heart and lung problems at pulmonary specialists of Tyler.

He says the roller coaster temperatures we're seeing this year are causing bursts of pollen already.

"That pollen is what a lot of our patients are reacting to," Destarac said.
 
 He encourages allergy sufferers to begin treating symptoms with a nasal saline wash, because it's a pure solution, and move to an over the counter medication if saline isn't strong enough.

If that doesn't work - see your doctor because you man need an allergy test or shots . Also, look at your family history.

"Allergies are based on your genetic makeup. All of us, we are all exposed to different types of things: pollen, weeds, trees from the environment. Not all of us create the same reactions," Destarac said.
 
 Knowing what sparks your allergies may just help prevent them from being too severe.  

Allergens only affect the part of the body they come in contact with.
For example if what you're allergic to hits your eye - you produce tears, allergens in the nose make it runny - and throat leads to coughing and possibly asthma.

 If you know it's going to be a peak day for your allergies - try stay indoors.
 
Also, avoid using Google to diagnose yourself because sometimes it is hard to tell if your symptoms are from allergies, sinus infections or even a viral infection.

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