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Allergy season has arrived

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RICHLAND, Wash.—Spring is here which for some can mean itchy eyes, a runny nose and sneezing.  KNDU looked into ways you can stop allergies in their track.

Just within the past week the Physicians Medical Center in Richland has seen an increase in patients all thanks to tree season.  

"Pollen tends to rise during the daytime.  The best thing to try and do is to stay inside and keep windows closed," says Dr. Crawford, Physicians Medical Center.

Crawford says if you have to go outdoors then shower once going inside.  If that doesn't help, there are over the counter medicines available such as Claritin, Zrytec and Allegra.

A helpful tool for when you are traveling or planning ahead for the day is  You can sign up to get e-mails that will give you an allergy level for the day.

If these options don't work, Crawford says your best option will be to see a doctor.