Bad allergies? This year is worse than normal: experts

Are allergies worse than normal this year?
WATCH ABOVE: If you've been coughing, sniffing and rubbing your eyes lately, it may be due to the higher-than-normal amounts of pollen in the air. Global's Howard Cohen reports.

Coughing, sniffing and spluttering? It seems allergy season is upon us.

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Pharmacists told Global News about 20 to 30 Montrealers have complained of allergies every single day so far this month.

“It could be a factor of higher pollen count and our own immune response to the allergens. Allergies can come and go with years,” said pharmacist Aylon Wisbaum.

“We can develop them at young ages or later ages.  We can lose them. So, our response is always going to change to it.”

If you’re battling springtime allergies,  symptoms could include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Puffy or watery red eyes
  • Itchy eyes or nose
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Perpetual sneezing
  • Itching in your ears

So, how can you reduce the headache and keep the pollen at bay?

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For those looking for a quick fix, there’s a wide variety of allergy medication available at pharmacies across the island.

A nasal spray can also provide some immediate relief for a blocked nose.

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Experts also recommend keeping windows closed and washing hair and clothes to remove pollen.

Drinking plenty of water and eating healthy can also help to keep your immune system up.

There are also prescription medications and allergy shots for those who have severe reactions.