It's a cold, it's a flu... Nope. It's allergies

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and some flowers are already starting to bloom.

But, with these early signs of Spring comes the beginning of allergy season.

The sunny weather has definitely gotten people outside enjoying the sunshine for the past couple of days, but it has also been the start to allergy season.

While for some people, that means they're pretty much resigned to have a runny nose and watery eyes for the next couple of months, one doctor told KPIC News that doesn't have to be the case.

Dr. Don Walker says he has a lot of patients walk through his door with what they think is a cold or flu, but it turns out to be allergies.

The symptoms are fairly similar, he said. "Allergies make you feel bad. We produce histamine, and it makes our body ache, you can get a headache from it as well."

Walker says over the counter medicines work well, but there are other ways to fight allergies.

He recommends changing out of your clothes as soon as you get home, and taking a shower to clean off any lingering pollens.

Another good tip: keeping your windows closed. "People like to open their windows, get the nice fresh air in after having the winter months all closed up," Dr. Walker said. "A lot of times you'll see patients that will wake up that morning and they're coughing, they're sneezing."

One of the best ways to fight allergies could be one of the most difficult things to do: you're supposed to stay indoors and limit your exposure to the outdoors, and all of those allergy inducing pollens.

But, on a beautiful day like today, that could be easier said than done.