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Pass the tissues; ragweed season is here

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Sniffling? Snotting? Itchy eyes? Sniffling? Snotting? Itchy eyes?
Doctors say now that autumn is in the air the weeds on the ground do their damage. Doctors say now that autumn is in the air the weeds on the ground do their damage.

(WMC-TV) - How are you feeling? Are you sneezing? Eyes itching? Maybe you think you're coming down with something because it's that time of year. Then again, maybe you're not. Maybe you're just allergic.

"This is a big season for allergies just like springtime is," said allergist Dr. Greg Hanissian.

Hanissian says now that autumn is in the air the weeds on the ground do their damage.

"They're what we consider wind-borne pollinators," he said. "They will shower billions of pollen grains per plant into the air hoping to go to the next plant, and we as innocent bystanders breathe those in and have a lot of nasal and eye allergy symptoms."

Some sufferers swear by local honey, but allergists say it is a myth.

"From a science perspective. But anything that makes you feel better is probably worth taking as long as it's safe," he said. "So if there is a placebo effect or maybe a marginal effect, and it's not going to cause any harm ... We're not going to put on too many pounds, it's not a bad idea."

Hanissian suggests over-the-counter medication like Allegra, Claritin, and Zyrtec.

"They're very effective and can reduce a lot of the sneezing, itching, and nasal congestion and eye-itching and have become reasonably priced are very effective and safe," he said.

If all those symptoms are accompanied by fever and fatigue then maybe you are coming down with something and you should see a doctor.

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