HAZARD< Ky. (WYMT) - Allergy season is upon us and many of us are feeling the effects.
"Outdoor allergies pretty much start when pollen starts to bloom," says Dr. Molly O'Rourke, a pediatrician at Primary Care Center.
If you are coughing, sneezing, or have a runny nose you most likely have allergies.
"In order to develop an allergy you have to have been exposed to that element and over time you develop allergies, you aren't just born with them," says Dr. O'Rourke.
Many doctors advise you to take over the counter or prescription medicines if you are having symptoms of allergies.
"The Zyrtec count went up a lot in the last couple weeks because the pollen count has gotten so high," says pharmacist Brian Combs.
Even though you cannot prevent allergies completely, there are still ways to treat them once they begin.
"If you go outside you are going to get an allergy flare but you can use medication to deal with the symptoms," says Dr. O'Rourke.
Dr. O'Rourke says outdoor allergy season usually lasts until mid-summer.