HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Spring officially begins Friday. Most Pine Belt residents are ready to bid winter farewell and welcome the next season.
"I'm ready for some warmer weather," said one Hattiesburg resident.
"I'm excited for everything to start blooming. I can't wait to get out in the garden," said another.
But springtime also means the onset of allergy season. With flowers in bloom and the pollen count on the rise, allergy sufferers may be in for an unpleasant couple of months.
"We'll have a pollen period in this part of Mississippi from the middle of February until the first freeze," said Dr. John Sobiesk, Hattiesburg Clinic Ear, Nose, and Throat.
Seasonal allergy medication is one way to manage symptoms. Allergy shots are another option. Sufferers are encouraged to get tested to find out exactly what they're allergic to and what course of treatment is best.
It's also important to keep dust, another common allergen, under control by washing bedding and rugs in hot water regularly. To make sure you don't bring pollen into your home on your clothing or shoes, change when you get home. Change air conditioner filters to make sure indoor air is clean.
Pets often track allergens through your home. After a walk, wipe off their paws and fur.