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Allergy season is near

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Between extreme cold weather one day and warm and muggy the next, peoples bodies are feeling out of whack. As spring grows closer, the unwelcomed allergy season is near.

Allergist, Dr. Brent Prather, M.D. says he's already treating patients dealing with sinus and respiratory issues.

"(We see) nasal congestion, nose bleeds, clearing of the nose, coughing and wheezing and difficulty breathing," said Prather. "We're seeing it in drones and I'm sure all doctors are."

Tree pollen is typically a cause of flare ups in the spring and in south Louisiana, the peak months are March and April. Dr. Prather says based on years past, allergy season will get worse before it gets better.

"Right now, some of the evergreens are pulling up pollen and flower trees," said Prather. "But those aren't as bad as oak. Oaks will really hit us hard late March and April."

For those who typically suffer year after year, Prather says being proactive about treatment can make a big difference. And while there's a number of ways to treat allergy symptoms-both prescription and over-the-counter-the nasal sprays as a more potent option.

"Try to anticipate your flare up and symptoms and jump on that nasal spray," said Prather. "Clear your nose before you spray it and that should keep you in pretty good shape."

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