(Memphis) If you are suffering from a running nose and a scratchy sore throat, you are definitely not alone.
Memphis tops another list, as one of the worst cities for allergy sufferers.
While Spring is enjoyable to some, for others it brings on headaches, “Runny eyes, runny nose, cough,” said Dr. Mark Castellaw with Baptist Memorial Group.
Memphis ranks eighth on a national list just published by the asthma and allergy foundation of America.
Chattanooga, Knoxville and Jackson Mississippi were also named as cities that might aggravate your sinuses.
“There's a lot of open fields and grasses that grow, plus the landscape puts you at higher risk to be exposed to the pollen."
Castellaw expects allergy season to be longer this year.
The mild weather we had is helping plants bloom now, instead of May.
So how do you protect yourself from the sniffles and sneezes if you spend a lot of time outside?
“It just comes back to hygiene, wash your hands,” said Castellaw.
If your house pets spend time outside you'll want to bathe them more than usual.
Castlellaw also suggests getting out of your outdoor clothes immediately and throwing them in the wash.
“Don`t be outside then come in the house and sit on your furniture. All you are doing is trans ponding pollen to your furniture and re-introducing yourself to it,” said Castellaw.
Over the counter meds can treat most of your allergies, but the doctor says if your symptoms last more than a few days then allergies may not be the problem.