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Every spring, my allergies kick in and I’m miserable. Is there a good time for me to start taking my medication to help keep the symptoms at bay?

Preparing early for the oncoming allergy season can significantly reduce your allergy symptoms once the season begins. The best way to prepare is to consult with your primary care physician now and allow her to provide you with guidance for your specific allergy symptoms. Very soon, pollen levels will begin to escalate as our weather warms and the plant life around us comes back to life. It may be advisable to begin preventative allergy medications now. This can help prevent early inflammation and the cascade of allergic reactions you may face before they spiral out of control. If you’re unsure of the source of your allergies, see you doctor right away and get tested. Knowledge of what types of allergens trigger your symptoms can help refine medication treatments and help you reduce exposure. The CDC and our local health department can be excellent sources of information for activity and peaks with particular types of allergies and pollens.