How to minimize allergy symptoms in this severe spring allergy season

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The unpredictable up and down in temperatures is making for an especially tough spring allergy season.

Allergists say the snowy, wet winter leaves extra moisture and with that comes a severe allergy season.

"Pollen counts are already very substantial and are going to get worse over the next few weeks," says Dr. Jose Bardales, with Greensboro's Allergy & Asthma Center. "People are sneezing, coughing and having itchy throats. You can't sleep well, you're tired and kids do worse in school."

Timia Payton, 7, is home from school sick again with allergies and an asthma flare. "It feels like a chainsaw on my neck. It's really just a bummer."

Two of the most widely prescribed allergy drugs, Flonase and Nasacort, are now available over the counter.

So, what can you do to cut down on problems from allergies without medicine?

Allergists say to keep the windows in your house and your car closed, shower frequently to wash off pollen, wash your bedding in hot water once a week and if you have to do yard work, to use a mask.

Dr. Bardales also says to check the pollen count each day and if it's high, to try and limit your time outside.

For the latest pollen counts, check out Van Denton's weather forecasts each night at 5, 6 or 10 p.m. You can also view it online at

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