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Bay County, Fla. -

It's allergy season, and a lot of patients are struggling right now. 

Dr. Brian Shaheen from Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Family Medicine says symptoms of allergies include:

  • Congestion
  • Clear nasal discharge
  • Itching, swollen or watery eyes
  • Post nasal drip
  • Wheezing in the chest
  • Problems at the same time of year, particularly related to certain pollen counts

Dr. Shaheen says patients should avoid allergens as much as possible.  He says over-the-counter antihistamines can help.  However, there are certain times you should see a doctor.

He recommends seeing a doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever develops
  • Symptoms are severe, worsening or not getting better
  • Breathing seems compromised