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Bay County, Fla. -

As pollen increases, sniffing and sneezing do as well.  Dr. Hatem Mourad from Coastal Urgent Care and Family Medicine says seasonal allergies are going around.

Dr. Mourad says symptoms include:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing 
  • Itchy/red eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Itchy throat/ears
  • Waking up at night/trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating

Dr. Mourad suggests you talk with your doctor or nurse about the best course of treatment for you or your child.  Treatment possibilities include nose rinses, steroid nose sprays, antihistamines, and allergy shots.

There are some things you can do to try to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms, especially in children.

Dr. Mourad suggests the following:

  • Keep your child inside during the times of year when he/she has symptoms.
  • Keep car and house windows closed.
  • Have your child take a bath or shower before bed to rinse pollen off the hair and skin.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to keep the indoor air clean.