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The first signs of spring are here. But those buds on the trees bring pollen.

That means months of misery for the Halsall family.

"My nose sometimes gets a bit stuffy and I sometimes sneeze a lot more than I usually do," says John.

Jeanne adds, "it's pretty bad, itchy watery eyes, scratchy throat, itchy nose everything..."

Dr. Clifford Bassett says the wet weather this winter primed the trees and cold temperatures delayed the start of allergy season

"Now all of the tree pollen and the budding trees are ready to go and they are pollinating very aggressively. There is a pollen burst going on right now."

The biggest culprits this time of year are trees and grasses as well as mold. Experts say people with allergies should check pollen counts before heading out.

"Pollen, typically higher in the morning, you want to be outside.. later in the day when pollen counts are typically lower."

Dr. Bassett also says starting treatment before symptoms start is key. Jennifer French has been taking allergy drugs for nearly a month already.

"I'm a little bit stuffy but usually right now my eyes would tearing. I would be sneezing. I'm not doing those things."

She hopes daily medication will keep her allergies in check all season.

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