This is the time of year that many of my patients come in with symptoms ranging from sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, heartburn, and wheezing. Yes it is allergy season and the pollen here in Houston is very bad. The pollen is a mixture of tree pollen, grass pollen, dust, and animal dander. All of these are usually harmless, but some patients' immune systems overreact to these substances. You can still enjoy the Spring blooms as long as you're prepared! Try antihistamines first and if those don't work, come in for a steroid shot. We here to help you get well and stay well!