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Doctors Predict Bad Allergy Season For The Upstate

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Sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, have you been hit yet by those awful allergy symptoms ?

Doctors warn it's just the beginning, be prepared for a terrible spring allergy season.

9 year old Preston Youatt is tired of suffering from bad allergies.

"I've been having a very stuffy nose and I've been sneezing a lot," Youatt said.

Dr. Emmanuel Sarmiento, with Allergic Disease and Asthma Center, says it's just the beginning.

"It's going to be really bad," Dr. Sarmiento said.

Dr. Sarmiento tells us a colder winter has caused a delayed allergy season.

Cold weather freezes the pollen to the ground, and it's just waiting for a warm and windy day to start torturing allergy sufferers.

He expects the pollen count to explode as the weather heats up.

"You notice your eyes get very itchy and watery, your nose gets stuffy, sneezing a lot," Dr. Sarmiento said.

Dr. Sarmiento says start preparing now. Take your medication before you start showing symptoms.

"It's more of a proactive approach in treating your allergies," Dr. Sarmiento said.  

For those of you who like to hang out outdoors, you may have to deal with more than just allergies so we went to a bug expert to find out about this years bug season, like those pesky mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. 

"We are not seeing as much flea activity this year as we were this time last year," Kenneth Connell, with Do It Yourself Pest Control said.

Which means those lingering cold temperatures that make for an awful allergy season, may at least provide some relief from bugs.

"We've had a couple of good cold spells and snow and ice on the ground and that helps a lot," Connell said.

Youatt isn't going to let any bugs or allergies keep him from playing outside. But he has this message for allergy sufferers, explaining it's important to remember your medication.

"It's the way to keep your lungs healthy, and you don't want it to get clogged up," Youatt said.  

Advice from a 9 year old Dr. Sacramentio thinks you'd be wise to follow.

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