Seasonal allergies arrive early

Published: Feb. 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2015 at 9:58 AM EST
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Spring has yet to arrive but many south Georgians with seasonal allergies are already making trips to the doctor's office.

Allergy is the 5th leading chronic disease in the nation. Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from indoor/outdoor allergies so knowing what triggers yours can save you from suffering in the long run by early detection.

Dr. Troy Alderman of Onesource health group says there are many OTC medications that be used but a lot of times patients need specific individualized treatment. He recommends to seek assistance from an allergist to see what works for you.

The changing weather may have some affect on your health. If you experience any type of fever, sore throat or runny nose with a yellowish discharge that is most likely a fever or cold.

If you experience a runny nose with a clear discharge, coughing, watery eyes or sneezing then allergies could be the culprit. Health professionals feel understanding the difference can have a huge impact on your recovery time.

Dr. Alderman says the biggest thing patients need to do is to make sure they are protecting themselves.

"Make sure they're washing their hands, constantly cleaning surfaces they work in, their work environment, their car, their house. [Also] make sure they are changing out their air filters to try to decrease the amount of allergens that can affect them."

The most common allergens affecting folks now are from trees such as pine, pecans and even grasses.

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