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'Tis the season for spring allergies

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Published: Apr. 28, 2017 at 8:08 PM EDT
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'Tis the season for spring allergies, and this coming weekend looks like it's going to be miserable for anyone who has them.

If you have allergies, you might want to throw on the air conditioning for the next two days; the pollen count is going to be through the roof.

" ... the beauty of Virginia is what brings us all these spring-time pollens," Dr. Dane McBride of the Allergy and Asthma Center said.

For allergy sufferers, this time of year can be pretty brutal.

"I think the ocular symptoms are some of the worst, but certainly runny nose, sneezing, stopped up nose, head feeling like you're carrying a big brick on top of your shoulders," Dr. McBride said.

It's all this pollen that's making people feel under the weather. But how can you tell if it's really allergies?

"Now a cold for example in contrast, may have some fever with it, or you feel feverish. And when everybody in the household also has it, that's a pretty good indication that maybe that's a cold instead of allergy," McBride said.

McBride says there are some things that can help.

"First of all, avoidance of the things you're allergic to, second, medication that blocks the effect of that biochemical process, and the third way is to shut down the immune response to those things. We call that immunotherapy, people know it as allergy shots," McBride said.

But unfortunately, for real relief, we're just going to have to wait it out. Pollen levels on Saturday are an 11 out of 12. Sunday won't be much better -- it'll be 10 out of 12.

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