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Itching and sneezing? A longer than normal allergy season is in full swing

Allergists say allergy season started back in the beginning of January.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – You may have noticed friends and family sneezing and rubbing their eyes a lot recently. It’s most likely due to allergies.

Dr. Sunil Joshi MD is the President of Family Allergy and Asthma Consultants in Jacksonville and he said the 2020 allergy season got a jump start.

“We started seeing issues with the pollen in early January which is very unusual for us,” said Dr. Joshi.

Not to mention we’ve experienced some very nice weather this winter bringing a lot of people outside to enjoy the warmth.

With allergy season going through May we have a long road of itching and sneezing ahead of us.

There are a few things you can do to eliminate pollen:

  • Shower before bed
  • Wash your sheets weekly
  • Keep your windows closed

However, don’t feel like the pollen is forcing you to stay indoors.

“Don’t stay inside,” Joshi said. “Go outside, enjoy your life and do all the fun things, but then make sure you have medications, if you do have allergies, and also take those nighttime showers. Clean stuff off of your skin and hair and you can still enjoy the beautiful weather.”

Allergy season typically lasts through May.


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