Step Forward To Spring Allergies

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Knoxville (WVLT) Spring is still more than a week away, but many allergy sufferers are already experiencing some of the symptoms of the season.

But is there relief for your runny nose and watery eyes?

Volunteer TV News' Medical Reporter Jessa Goddard has a look at some of the latest products to ease your seasonal allergies.

Spring is in the air, so is the tree pollen.

In fact, Dr. Paul Carter says pollen counts in East Tennessee have been high for the past three weeks.

"So, we're right about the point where people who are allergic to trees are going to begin to have some symptoms."

Antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, nasal sprays, which one will best treat your allergy symptoms?

One of the newest to win FDA approval is Sinol, an all-natural, over-the-counter nasal spray.

It claims to relieve headache pain, allergy symptoms and sinus problems by clearing congestion and mucus from your sinuses while keeping them bacteria and infection free.

The secret ingredient is Capsaicin, commonly known as pepper.

"I'm not sure how much the Capsaicin portion of the product is going to be helpful, but certainly the moisturizing part will be helpful."

Including ingredients like rosemary, aloe and eucalyptus.

There are also natural remedies many allergy sufferers use to relieve hayfever symptoms.

Like Capsaicin, horseradish can help relieve congestion by helping to clear mucus lodged in your nasal passages.

And garlic enhances the immune system to help fight mild infections.

But the only proven way to naturally relieve spring allergy symptoms is to avoid contact with what you're allergic to.

Dr. Carter says, "staying indoors can help reduce your exposure to the pollens in the air, keep the windows shut and use the air conditioner to cool the house can also help reduce your exposure to pollen."

If that's not possible, try to limit your time outdoors to the afternoon hours, pollen counts are highest first thing in the morning.

There are also several effective prescription medications on the market, you can consult your doctor to decide which one is right for you.

Most doctors will recommend you start treatment for seasonal allergies before the allergy season starts.

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