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Spring is the Sneezin' Season

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The trees aren't the only thing blooming in Northern Nevada, so is allergy season.

"There is willow and elm out there and a lot of grass," says Dr. Boris Lockshin with Allergy and Asthma Associates in Sparks. "I don't think it is a particularly early or harsh allergy season but we have had a lot of new patients in the past few weeks."

The common springtime pollens are being blown around by dry, breezy weather. That means even bigger problems for people whose eyes and noses are aggravated by pollen.

"You sometimes think you have a cold," Lokshin says. "But if it lasts a few weeks you know that you have allergies. For some, the over-the-counter antihistamines work but if your allergies are severe you come to an expert and they treat you for the specific pollens you are allergic to."

Lokshin does prescribe and administer pollen-specific shots and in fact he takes them himself once the allergy season begins. "It's not worth being miserable when we have a way to stop the effects," he says.

Written by Erin Breen

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