SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) - Are you dealing with a runny nose or watery eyes? Those are clear signs allergy season is among us.
As the season really kicks off, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing a warning flu season isn't over just yet.
Dr. Richmond McCarty says the area between Jackson and Memphis has the highest levels of pollen in the country. As a result, allergy season causes multiple trips to the doctor this time of year.
"It's normally not that bad," says Katherin Dycus, who was in the waiting room with her mother. "But this year's seem to be a lot worse on her."
Dr. McCarty says generally most people can get away with over-the-counter prescriptions for help, but there are other options.
"Mostly what I recommend is try to limit high pollen count days as far as staying outside and not exposing yourself," added Dr. McCarty of the North Mississippi Medical Center Saltillo Clinic.
If you are outside for a long time, he recommends wearing a mask.
"Use a nasal saline wash and rinse the allergies from your sinuses," added Dr. McCarty. "That could make a big difference as well."
As far as the flu is concerned, Dr. McCarty says they had one case last week involving a family who went to Disney World.
"I would say in general it's a pretty low risk," said Dr. McCarty. "However, if you're visiting a big city or plan on flying, then you have to be more watchful."
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