Spring allergies have sprung


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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Nearly 1 in 6 Americans suffer from seasonal allergies and according to a Concho Valley in San Angelo interview with an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, they are especially bad in Texas.

“Here we don’t have too much of a freeze in the winter time, so we do have year-round allergies,” said Dr. Stuart Abramson, an allergist-immunologist at Shannon Medical Center. “Sometimes you’ll have itchy eyes along with an itchy nose.”

Abramson says that while allergies typically develop during childhood, they can appear at any age.

Abramson says during this time of year, there are a high number of tree pollen allergy cases. Treatment through over-the-counter medications — or a doctor’s visit for severe cases — are recommended. At-home treatments include nasal salt water rinses and anthistamines.

“Ninety percent of my patients I can control medically. The other 10 percent need allergy shots to optimally get sympton relief.”

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