The longer, colder winter delayed the allergy season and around 15-20% of all residents will be effected.
Runny nose, itchy eyes and congestion are some of the symptoms that many local residents are feeling as allergy season is hitting the mid-Maryland region.
Local allergist, Dr. Alpa Jani, said the longer, colder winter delayed the allergy season.
"The season started a little later than last year. By now we usually have tree and grass pollen at high levels but this year the tree pollen came a little late, it usually starts around March, but this year it started more toward April and it is still ongoing. The grass pollen is starting to rise to the levels we see around April," Dr. Jani said.
She said many residents will be effected.
"Certainly a lot of onset of patients in the beginning but similar numbers, about 15-20% of the population is effected by seasonal allergies so that's quite a few people whatever year you are talking about," Dr. Jani said.
She said to help reduce symptoms to use the air conditioning instead of putting down your car windows, and to wash your face and skin after being outside for a long period of time.
She said if you start feel symptoms like a runny nose, congestion or itchy eyes, start treatment early and do not wait until they become unbearable. Dr. Jani said there plenty of medications available and to talk to your doctor about the right one to use.