TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Let the sneezing and wheezing begin because spring officially starts on Tuesday.
Despite, some rainy areas in East Texas this weekend medical experts say to brace yourself for the effects of pollen in East Texas.
Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez De Real, a board-certified allergist says there is enough tree pollen to have some allergy sufferers already experiencing symptoms.
"More patients are having more symptoms like sinus congestion, runny nose, coughing wheezing, and skin rashes," said Alvarez De Real.
He also says the difference between allergy symptoms and a common cold is the feeling of being itchy.
"If you have an itching component that means histamine is released, that means there is an allergic component in the process," said Alvarez Del Real.
According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, there are 50 million Americans that suffer from nasal allergies, but Dr. Alvarez De Real says there are ways to reduce your exposure.
First, figure out what pollen triggers your allergies, for example in the spring the main pollen comes from trees, weed, and grass.
Also, treat your house like a safe space. Your home's windows should be closed during the spring. It's important to also take a shower, change your clothes as soon as you get home, and make sure your pets are also clean too.
Another suggestion is to get ahead with spring cleaning.
While pollen is definitely a primary allergy trigger in the spring, dust and even mold that's collected in your house over the winter can worsen your symptoms
Dr. Alvarez De Real also recommends using an air purifier. Purifiers with high-efficiency particulate air filter systems can be lifesavers when it comes to keeping out allergens after your spring cleaning.
But most importantly Dr. Alvarez De Real says do not ignore your symptoms.
"If you have inflammation from allergies that can lead to chronic diseases like coughing and difficulty breathing or chronic sinus infection," said Dr. Alvarez De Real. "That why it's important to avoid the pollen that might cause it."
In many cases, relief can be found with over the counter medication.
For more severe cases, doctors recommend an occasional steroid shot and if a medicine is prescribed to take it daily.