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Allergy season starts in Northeast Florida

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Updated: 2/25 1:09 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Allergy season is here, but according to experts, it actually arrived late.

Which is good news for allergy sufferers like Ann Kandl.

"It's a drain on everybody, it harms you physically, it puts a stop to your day," said Kandl

But doctors say people like Kandl got a break this year.

"Normally the allergy season here in Florida starts in January, but because we had such a cold winter we are just starting to see the pollen come out now," said Mayo Clinic allergist Dr. Arveen Thethi.

Thethi says the pollen is a sign that allergy season is underway, and there are some telltale signs to watch out for.

"Itchy,- watery eyes, itchy runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, post nasal drip," said Thethi.

Thethi says it is easy to confuse allergy symptoms with cold symptoms.

She says you can tell the difference between the two because a cold will last about a week.

She says with allergies, your symptoms could linger longer.

Thethi says you can start taking allergy medication before you have any symptoms as a preventative.

She says later on this year, she is anticipating a pill that could come out that would work similar to an allergy shot.

She says allergy symptoms don't only affect adults but kids as well.

She says shes seen patients as young as 6 months old.

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