Rockford doctors say 2018 is a hard year for allergy sufferers

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - As summer approaches, many of us are looking forward to spending some time outside but that warm-up can cause problems for those of us with seasonal allergies.

Doctors say this year is particularly bad for allergies since we've had a quick transition into spring.

Symptoms of pollen allergies include itchy and swollen eyes, sneezing and a stuffy nose. Local allergists suggest seeing a doctor to find which allergens we're sensitive to or taking over the counter allergy medicine.

"They can start using their oral antihistamines which are available without prescriptions. Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec, these are the different non-sedating antihistamines. Those that are really beyond that can use steroid nasal sprays," said Dr. Fatima Mohiuddin.

Doctors say early in the morning and late in the evening are the times when allergy symptoms are the worst. Those suffering from seasonal allergies could see some relief at the end of June when tree pollen starts to decrease.