Allergy Season

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

Allergists at the Marshfield Clinic Wausau Center say this time of year pollen is at its worst. Allergy season starts early in April and ends in early June. During the season, more than 15 percent of the population is affected.

Doctors say the sooner you start using allergy medications, the better.

"Starting your medication before symptoms are all flared up on a daily basis before the season, if you treat as an as-needed basis, often times, that's not a very effective strategy," says Mark Huftel, M.D., Marshfield Clinic Wausau Center.

Some of the most popular medications for allergies include prescription nasal sprays, over the counter anti-histamines, and annual allergy shots.

Doctors say 70 percent of people with allergies develop them before they're 20, but you can develop them later in life too.

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