Harsh Winter Followed by Brutal Allergy Season

    DECATUR-Many in Central Illinois are finding this to be one of the worst allergy seasons in recent memory.  The cold and wet winter has delayed blooming.   And now with all the moisture, lots of pollen is being released into the air 
    Plenty of people are reaching for tissues.  And over the counter allergy medicines are flying off the shelves. 
    Some of the most common people have been turning arhistaminestimines Allegra, Claritin and Zyrtec, as well as their generic version. 
    Some people may respond well to one kind of anti-histamine but not another.
    Pharmacist Dale Colee says it's important to take an over the counter drug as soon as you have symptoms, but once you do, to have a little patience. 
    "The one thing about the over the counter medicines is they will take a little bit longer to work, but it's still more effective than doing nothing," Colee says. 
    If allergies persist, he says trhistamine anti-histimine, or you can try Nasacort, a steroidal nasal spray that helps reduce sinus inflammation. 
    He says, if that doesn't help, you may want to see your doctor for a prescription or to get an allergy test.  If you get a skin test for allergies, you can know what exactly you are allergic to and try to avoid it.  
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