Are You Ready For Allergy Season?

March 6, 2012 Updated Mar 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 6, 2012 Updated Mar 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Are you ready for the sneezing season?

Dr. Raul Vazquez gets Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery set to battle allergies.

Here is some information and tips:

Symptoms include:

Itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes
Stuffy nose (congestion)
Runny nose
Tearing eyes
Dark circles under the eyes

Depending on where you live, there are gener- ally three pollen seasons. The start and end dates of these seasons, as well as the specific plants, vary based on the climate.

Trees generally pollinate in the spring. Birch, cedar, cottonwood and pine are big allergy triggers.

Grass releases its pollen in the summer. Timo- thy and Johnson, and Rye grasses are examples of allergens in this category.

Weeds cause hay fever in the fall. Ragweed is the biggest offender as it can grow in nearly every environment.

Avoiding your allergy triggers is the best way to reduce symptoms:

Limit outdoor activities during days with high pollen counts.

Keep windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollens out.

Take a shower after coming indoors. Otherwise, pollen in your hair may bother you all night.