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Spring is here and so are allergies

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Now that most of snow has melted and the grass is peeking through, spring allergies are becoming a nuisance.

Emily Rude, a nurse practitioner at Marshfield Clinic, said a common allergy trigger is pollen from maple and oak trees.

Rude said some of the symptoms from allergies include red itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing and sneezing.

She said there’s many over-the-counter medicines you can use to treat your allergy symptoms including eye drops, nasal congestants and antihistamines.

“If you’ve tried some of the over-the-counter options maybe a combination of the nasal spray and an antihistamine and you’re not getting any relief, it would be a good time to come in,” Rude said.

Rude said putting a cold compress on your eyes may also help your itchy eye symptom.

She said having a clean environment and vacuuming once or twice a week along with shutting your windows to keep allergens out of your home, may help relieve your allergies.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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