With springtime pollen counts rising in parts of the South, doctors say people who are susceptible to the sniffles and sneezes of hay fever should start taking precautions early.
Historically, peak allergy season in the lower part of the South is the second week of April.
That's according to Dr. Neil Kao of the Allergic Disease and Asthma Center in Greenville, South Carolina.
Allergists say people who are susceptible to pollen related allergies should start taking precautions before peak pollen season hits. About a quarter of people in the U.S. suffer from allergies during pollen season.
Kao said people who suffer during pollen season should reduce their exposure by staying indoors and start taking allergy medications, which include nasal sprays, eye drops, antihistamines and decongestants.