Spring pollen causing problems for allergy sufferers

She loves the spring but Joyce Welitschinsky has been eyeing all the flowers and trees in her yard with suspicion ever since she started sneezing.

"The wind blows and we sneeze and cough and our eyes run," said Welitschinsky.

On Wednesday, Welitschinsky was buying over the counter allergy medication.

"I don't remember having allergies except for the past few years but we live in the country and there is a lot of pollen," said Welitschinsky.

Allergists say it is possible to build up resistance with preventative treatments but most of us just need to see what effects pollen has on us.

"When symptoms start you deal with them, you can either treat it or live with it," said Dr. Stella Castro from Allergy and Asthma Associates in Fayetteville.

Allergies are unpredictable. For many people they can come and go or stick around for years. Doctors say you can be unaffected by one type of pollen for years and then have terrible symptoms later on.

"We get patients who come in, had an increase in allergy symptoms, it may be the first time in years," said Dr. Lindsey Petrie from Allergy and Asthma Associates.

Allergists say it's too early to know what kind of allergy season it will be but the pollen count is high right now.

Spring is known as peak allergy season but doctors say some plants can produce pollen - and allergy problems- all year long.