Spring has sprung, and so has allergy season in the Rockford region

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Springtime doesn't just mean warmer temperatures, for many people, it means sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose from spring allergies. But experts say you can do things to lessen symptoms.

"Don’t let it keep you from going outside I know it's a big struggle," said Horticulture Educator at U of I Extension, Candice Hart.

Hart says people who experience springtime allergies might notice them flaring up.

"What causes those season allergies are plants that have small pollen that can travel through the wind and many of our plant species have that," Hart said.

Many of our trees depend on wind-pollination to grow and that can cause people to have symptoms.

"if we lived in an area that had trees that had much more decorative flowers, larger flowers, larger flower parts, then we would have bigger pollen that insects will gather so it's much less of an allergy problem," Hart said.

But there are things people can do to help allergy symptoms.

"So most people if they know what they're allergic to they usually try over the counter oral antihistamines such as Claritin, Allegra or Zyrtec," said Dr. Fatima Mohiuddin, an allergist at SwedishAmerican hospital.

You can also do things at home to keep the pollen out.

"People who dry their laundry outdoors will catch pollen so I try to tell them not to do that. People who do sports I tell them to wash their hair before they go to bed so they are not inhaling pollen in their sleep," Mohiuddin said.

Mohiuddin says using your air conditioner and keep doors and windows closed can also help, but it doesn't always get the job done.

“but no matter what they do even just whiff of outdoor air can trigger the symptoms," Mohiuddin said.

Pollen counts are the highest between five and ten in the morning and allergy season usually last until the middle of June.