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Heavy pollen coats the valley, people rush to the doctor's and drug stores

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Spring is in full bloom and with that comes sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes for many.

For some the yellow powder covering their car and everything else can be an annoyance but for others, pollen can literally stop them in their tracks.

"Spring is [hitting us] early and hard," Family practitioner Dr. Kandra Watson said.

Dr. Watson of MyCare Urgent Care on South Lumpkin Rd in Columbus said the early on-set of spring time allergens, pollen and mold, had many flocking to the doctor's office.

"People who say they normally don't have allergies are coming in with the allergy symptoms so no one is being spared," Watson said.

The symptoms range from a runny nose to swollen glands.

"There's coughing, sneezing, some even have a tickle in their throat."

Watson says for those who deal with allergies on a regular basis over the counter medications do work well.

"[I recommend] Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra. The generic brands work just as well as the name brands," said Dr. Watson.

However, sometimes taking a trip to the drug store is not enough.

"When it gets to the point where it's interfering with your sleep, interfering with your day on a regular basis, then it's probably time to come in and visit your medical professional," Dr. Watson said.

According to Weather.com the pollen count for Columbus is already considered very high and doesn't show any signs of letting up anytime soon.

"You're going to see it and it's going to get worse as different flowers begin to bloom. There's a few that I've noticed have not bloomed yet but we've got more to come."

Pollen is produced by grasses, trees, flowers and weeds, so it's pretty tough to avoid it but,

Dr. Watson said in addition to taking medication, washing your hands and removing clothes that have pollen on them can help relieve some of the unpleasant symptoms.

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