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Pollen counts on rise, allergies will follow suit

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Pine tree pollen, as shown under a microscope, doesn't cause major allergies. Pine tree pollen, as shown under a microscope, doesn't cause major allergies.
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

The yellow dust on your cars will get worse before getting better, and that means more sneezing, watery eyes and scratchy throats to go along with it.

Dr. Peter Boggs, with the Breathe America Allergy Center in Shreveport, gave an early warning Wednesday, saying that the worst is yet to come for people that suffer from allergies. The primary pollen flying around right now is pine tree pollen. This type of pollen is large in size, so it typically doesn't cause too many problems, Boggs said.

On the other hand, Boggs is detecting a small amount of oak pollen in the air. It is the main culprit for sneezing and other pollen-related allergy symptoms. The oak pollen is much smaller than other types, so it's easier to get into your nose and cause reactions.

Boggs said the best way to combat your symptoms is to use an antihistamine like Benadryl and combine it with an anti-inflammatory nasal spray. You can get both of these medications over the counter at any pharmacy.

Other tips to combat these kinds of allergy symptoms include washing your sheets once a week, and avoiding using a vacuum cleaner on carpets, as that stirs up more pollen.

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