Dr. Paula Walker discusses seasonal allergies

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With pollen counts hitting record highs in some area of Georgia and Alabama, many are suffering from season allergies.

Allergies are a hyper-sensitive immune system response to something that is otherwise harmless. There is a genetic and an environmental component to allergies.

Most people suffer from allergies related to pollen from trees. Other common allergies come from mold spores and pet dander. Certain fragrances can also trigger an allergic reaction, but this is less common.

Pollen counts are highest between 5 and 10 a.m., so it is best to stay indoors during that time. Roll up your windows when you are driving, because pollen can enter the car that way.

In order to decrease your allergy symptoms, make sure you wash the pollen residue off of your hands when you go indoors. Pollen does deposit on the clothes and hair, so it may be a good idea to shower as well.

Some medicines that help with symptoms are antihistamines, corticosteroids, and nasal decongestion. When you know there will be a high pollen count in the future, you may want to start taking the medicine well before your symptoms start.

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