Is someone in your family itching and sneezing, coughing and wheezing? If so, you aren't alone.

High pollen counts across the county are causing runny noses and itchy eyes.

"Right now, trees are the dominant pollen, which is expected this time of year, with trees starting to bloom," said Jordan Root, a meteorologist with AccuWeather at State College. "The pollen count is high for trees. The dominant tree types causing most of the pollen are are oak, maple, box elder and ash trees."

"People are also outside more and dogs are outside walking which can cause flare ups," said Kelly Patches, field and forage crops educator with the Penn State Extension office in Chambersburg.

"Right now farmers are also cutting down green wheat for forage for animals. The process is like mowing grass but it's cut at the bottom so there are no real fine grass clippings that could affect people."

Dust and mold is another culprit that some people are sensitive to, as well as pesticides and herbicides.

"Local farmers usually would be taking care of equipment and maintenance, herbicide applications and getting seeds ready this time of year," Patches said. "Some people who are hyper-sensitive to herbicide have to be informed before they use that, but it's generally a small subset of the population and isn't really an allergy."

Patches said by the time farmers start to have crops that are in bloom, such as corn, it is then ragweed season and people will usually notice ragweed pollen before corn.

"There are some crops that are perennial or flower in the spring that are out right now, but they are harvested just before flowering or just at flowering so there would be no pollen that could affect people," Patches said.

Regardless, don't expect relief to come anytime soon.

Allergy season can span many weeks, with trees and flowers coming into season.

"For the time being, tree pollen will remain fairly high," Root said. "With dry weather expected for the (the) week, that will not help allergy suffers with the pollen in the air."

The providers at Summit FastCare in Chambersburg say they have noticed an uptick in seasonal allergies, but there are things you can do to combat the symptoms.

"We recommend anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies to start up on their antihistamine medications, and to continue using them through the summer months," said Ayla Clevenger, certified nurse practitioner at Summit FastCare in Chambersburg. "People who suffer from asthma or COPD might have worse symptoms during this time, so make sure you are taking extra caution when experiencing these symptoms."

Clevenger said you can't "cure" allergies, but along with antihistamines, there are things you can do to lesson allergens from irritating your system:

Limit time outdoors when your allergies seem to be at their worst and during dry, windy days.

Don’t hang laundry outside to dry since pollen can stick to it.

Use air conditioning in your house and in your car instead of opening windows.

If you’ve been outside for a while, take a quick shower to rinse pollen from your body and change your clothes once inside.

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