ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – It is here! The most hated time of the year.

More than 50 million people in the United States suffer from it. We are talking allergies.

Abilene allergist, Dr. Maggie Shringer explained she has seen an increase in patients over the last few weeks.

While the beginning of May seems like Mother Nature is here to spring into action, she brings a nuisance along with here.

“You see those lawn mowers and birds chirping and everything seems to be in a full bloom,” Dr. Shringer explained. “This is when the allergy season starts.”

Tree flowers you thought were lovely have translated into pollen, for the ultimate betrayel.

“Typically the allergens are trees, if you see oak trees, mesquite trees, pecan trees,” Dr. Shringer said.

She explained methods to treat allergies or patients with asthma are availabile.

“Good ol’ Benadryl is an old medication. It’s been around for a long time but it does cause sedation,” Dr. Shringer said. “Non-sedating antihistamines, like Allegra, Calritin, Clarinex.”

She tends to see people steer clear of steroids because of the negative connotation that comes with it.

Dr. Shringer said, “People hear the word ‘steroids’ and they go, ‘No, I don’t want to take steroids, but the steroid nasal sprays are harmless. They don’t cause any side effects of steroids convey, carry with them, but they have the benefit because they work topically just in the nose.”

Some people may also be allergic to certain types of foods without even knowing it. 

“Some of the foods we eat, it’s so much integrated in our daily diet,” Dr. Shringer said.

However, if you cannot find the culprit, a simple allergy test will do the trick.