REDDING, Calif. - Allergy season is upon us, and while severe cases may require people to see a specialist, most can be treated with over-the-counter medicine.
It's nearly spring, the sun is shining, the trees and flowers are blooming which unfortunately means people's allergies are activating.
Allergy tracking website pollen.com said most Northstate areas will see moderate to severe allergy levels throughout the workweek.
And this time of year many people are getting outdoors to enjoy the perfect weather which means greater exposure to sneeze-inducing conditions.
The recent windy conditions are only making things worse, blowing around pollen that causes allergies to act up.
Dr. Ronal Renard at Redding Allergy and Asthma Care says there are plenty of over-the-counter medications out there, but some who suffer severely may need to see a specialist like him.
"There's a lot of good tools out there for treating allergies," Renard said. "People are buying the Claritin, the Zyrtec and Allegra -- and the Nasacort AQ, which is also available over the counter now. Those are all good medicines but what happens is that people use them and find that their allergy symptoms get worse as the season goes on so they end up having to seek medical care."
Dr. Renard said those who suffer from asthma are most at risk for complications because allergies work to increase and exacerbates problems associated with the conditions.
And good news for for those that suffer most from grass allergies, a new product called Grass X should hit the market soon.