CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Spring has finally made her entrance to the Carolinas.
It couldn't have at a better time for Liz Merritt.
"I always go for walks, or runs around the park."
She and her walking partner stroll around Freedom Park for an hour and a half twice a week when the weather is nice. The only downside? Her allergies.
"I definitely have started to feel the effects. I feel like I've been really congested and it's been awful so far. I've been having to take my Claritin each day."
She's not alone in her suffering. Jesse Pike, of Pike's Pharmacy in east Charlotte, sees it every spring. The pollen that helps the trees and flowers grow can reap havoc on sinuses.
"Most of all we recommend non-sedating antihistamines. We can combine that with decongestants that will help open up the sinus passages. There are several over-the-counter brands that are terrific."
Pike also says that if you've been taking the same allergy medication for an extended time and still not finding relief, it may be time to switch to a different brand. He believes the body can get used to one type of allergy medication.
He also strongly recommends talking with your family doctor before starting any medication.
Tree pollen is at its peak through the month of May.