How to deal with spring allergies

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DENVER -- Spring is in the air, and so are the allergens.

If you are prone to the sneezing, itchy eyes and irritating cough, there are ways to control the symptoms and enjoy the beauty of the season.

Dr. Jordan Abbott of National Jewish Health says in Colorado,  plant and tree pollen can have an effect on almost anyone and adds, “People who have never had allergies can suddenly develop  them at any age.”

An allergy test can determine what's triggering your symptoms, then you can devise a plan to reduce your exposure. Doctors say the best thing you can do is control your environment. Avoid blooming plants, trees and bushes. Stay clear of standing water.   Keep your windows closed and add filters to air conditioning units to reduce allergens in your home.

Pets can also bring pollen into the house, so keep them clean. It’s also a good idea to remove your clothing and shoes before you sit on furniture -- it could be covered with pollen. Many over-the-counter medications will block histamines that cause itchy eyes and a runny nose, but try them out on a day when you don't have to go to work first.  Some can make you drowsy even if the label says they won't.

Children should never be given adult formulas. Ask your pediatrician about the best way to treat their symptoms.

Allergies shouldn't keep you indoors throughout the season...just make sure to have a plan to keep them at bay.

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