Yellow coating indicates allergy season is here

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you are coughing, sneezing, or just having trouble breathing Wednesday morning when you go outside — you're not alone.

It's allergy season, and many of us are feeling the effects. Its hard to even keep your windshield clean when you're driving because of all the pollen, and the rain Tuesday night didn't help much.

Did you know that nasty yellow-green stuff flying around is Pine Pollen? According to NBC12 meteorologist Andrew Freiden, the particulates are too big to cause an allergic reaction.

But when pine pollen is flying, it's a sign the other trees are doing their thing, too. You can't see the other stuff, but it can affect you in a big way, Freiden said.

We're on your side with a couple of ways you can help get through all this.

Doctors say it's best to take meds before the pollen spikes. Some herbal supplements also work. A saline nasal rinse can clear out the pollen you've been breathing in.

You should always give your doctor a call to see what's best for you.

Allergy season can last until June. Peak pollen hours are between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Experts say you should close your windows and try to stay indoors during that time.

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