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First day of spring ushers in allergy season

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

For some, the first day of spring means warm weather and outdoor fun. For others, that means the sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose are soon to follow.

"I can't breathe," says Patricia Pirtle. "My nose runs water all the time, my ears clog up."

Dr. Graham Warr says the best way to prevent allergies is by, "getting on your medications before they start."

Pirtle is one of 36 million seasonal allergy sufferers according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Warr says you can take your meds once you notice the symptoms, "but oftentimes it takes longer for the symptoms to come under control."

Another mistake people make this time of year is confusing allergy symptoms with a cold. Warr says if it's not a cold, taking cold medication can cause more harm than good.

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