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The first signs of spring are here, but those buds on the trees bring pollen.

Dr. Clifford Bassett says the wet weather this winter primed the trees and cold temperatures delayed the start of allergy season .

“Now all of the tree pollen and the budding trees are ready to go and they are pollinating very aggressively. There is a pollen burst going on right now.”

The biggest culprits this time of year are trees and grasses as well as mold.

Experts say people with allergies should check pollen counts before heading out.

“Pollen, typically higher in the morning, you want to be outside.. later in the day when pollen counts are typically lower.”

Dr. Bassett also says starting treatment before symptoms start is key.

Allergists also recommend wearing sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes and showering every night to wash all the pollen off your skin and hair.