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Allergy season is upon us

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Louisville, Ky (WDRB) -- You may find yourself dealing with a constant runny nose or watery eyes now that winter has turned into spring.

Doctors say your allergies are only going to get worse as temps get warmer.

If you live in the Ohio Valley, you most likely suffer from allergies whether it's mild or severe.

WDRB talked with an allergist to find solutions.

We learned you should also be observing those little ones because allergies can start at a very young age.

Nine-year-old Soleila Gonzalez has suffered from seasonal allergies since she was about four years old.

Playing outside in the spring time wouldn't be tolerable if it weren't for her medicine, which she has to take twice a day.

"I'm allergic to pollen, grass, bushes, trees, all the seasonal allergies," Soleila Gonzalez told WDRB.

She says if she doesn't take her medication, she gets itchy and she's already noticed her allergies getting worse now that it's April.

"Pollen just makes me really sneeze and congested," she said.

Soleila's mom Christy says she's already noticed allergy symptoms in her two-year-old son.

Christy says her family has to keep the windows shut in their home and she washes their sheets twice a week to make sure everyone's comfortable.

"Toward the end of March things just start to blossom so I try to be consistent making sure everyone is taking their medicine just to avoid any uncomfortable issues as the seasons progress," said Christy Elliott-Gonzalez.

Dr. James Sublett at Family Allergy and Asthma says Louisville is one of the worst places geographically for those who suffer from allergies.

"We're kind of a melting pot of a lot of different plants, grass and trees," said Dr. Sublett.

"It's the hardwood trees that cause problems, not the blooming trees like dogwood so it's the pollen that comes from those," he said.

Dr. Sublett says the earlier you treat your symptoms the better, because the season is just getting started.

"Avoiding what you're allergic to, treating with appropriate medications and a big percentage of those people would benefit from allergy shots," Dr. Sublett told WDRB.

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