GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- If you think your allergies are acting up earlier than they should be, you're right.
Dr. Jose Bardelas with Allergy and Asthma Center of North Carolina said allergy season started in mid-February this year. It normally starts around March 1.
Dr. Bardelas said his phone has been ringing constantly already.
"They come in with itchy, watery eyes, stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing. Some have an itchy throat," Dr. Bardelas said.
Monday's tree pollen count from the Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department was on the high side.
A significant portion--54 percent--of the pollen came from oak trees, while 10 percent came from mulberry trees, said FOX8 meteorologist Van Denton. Pines made up 6 percent of the pollen, and maples made up 4 percent.
Tuesday's tree pollen outlook is also on the high side.
Pine pollen will start to come up in the next few weeks, leading to that famous yellow layer on your car. When the tree pollen starts to relax, the grass and weed pollen will start to climb in their place, said FOX8 meteorologist Van Denton.
Debbie Rosenquist has baby sheep and goats, but she said she didn't start sneezing until she started working in the garden.
"I could tell as soon as the trees started blossoming--I started sneezing," Rosenquist said.
For allergy relief, Dr. Bardelas recommends over-the-counter brands like Claratin, Zyrtec and Allegra.