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Fit And Well Idaho: Springtime Allergies

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Grass, trees, weeds… all common culprits for triggering allergies.

In this week's Fit and Well Idaho, we're all about allergies and how you can prevent yourself from sneezing through the rest of spring.

"We're seeing a lot of people coming in with this springtime allergies with the pollination happening, with the trees especially," explains Dr. Russell Mayes, St. Luke’s Ear, Nose, and Throat.

Antihistamines and decongestants work well as a great line of defense, but they don't always save the day.

"When those fail, it's a good time to come see your doctor," Mayes says.

Some patients might end up with fluid behind their ears and decreased hearing as a result of allergies.

"Also, allergies are very commonly associated with causing sinus infection," Mayes points out.

Allergies also tend to run in families.

There's a good chance a child of parents with seasonal allergies will have seasonal allergies.

"So that's one risk factor, but just kids being exposed, being outside to the various elements, or adults can develop the symptoms over time. Even if the adult didn't have allergies when they were a kid, come in and they say this year they come in with these symptoms, and it turns out to be allergy," Mayes explains.