Keeping those seasonal allergies in check

Health officials say they have come fast and hard with a one-two punch: seasonal allergies.

With warmer winters and wetter springs, the lines of allergies are blurred with many allergy-causing agents hitting at the same time. The normal progression tends to be trees in the spring, grass in the summer, and weeds in the fall. According to, the pollen count for the Lima area is very high for grass. The key thing is to get ahead of your allergies to stay comfortable.

"Symptom control is important to get ahead of it and then stay ahead of it once you're there. So classically antihistamines including Benadryl which would be a short-acting or longer antihistamines such as Claritin, Allegra, or Zyrtec are helpful. In addition to the pill form that you can take every day you can use nasal sprays which are helpful as well," explained Jennifer Tobin, LMHS Physician Assistant.

Tobin also says to keep pollen outdoors. Don't hang your sheets on the line, shower after yard work, and keep your windows closed to help control seasonal allergies.