You might want to start stocking up on the nasal decongestants. Allergy season is expected to arrive early and hit hard.

This winter’s roller coaster ride of temperatures has created a perfect storm.  When you have really warm days and then really cold days and then warm days again, you get really intense bursts of pollen.

Grass, pollen, ragweed, trees, dust mites – they’ll be out in full force, bringing watery eyes and dry, scratchy throats.

“I think the trend we’ve seen over the past five to 10 years, and we’re not exactly sure why, is that the spring pollen season seems to be getting more intense,” said Dr. Mark Holbreich.

Pollen is more likely to affect allergy sufferers on dry, windy days. Cold, wet days usually provide some respite.

If your symptoms are only there for a couple of days, antihistamines should work fine.  If you’re one of those who suffer every season, though, you should talk to your doctor about long-term medicine or allergy shots.