YONKERS - Today is the official first day of Spring.

Even though most residents of the Hudson Valley will be happy for winter to leave, blooming trees and beautiful flowers can mean weeks of feeling lousy for allergy sufferers.

Allergy medicine is, of course, the best way to help with mild to moderate symptoms. Doctors say if you think ahead and start these meds before you even experience symptoms, you may keep them away or reduce their severity. "If you're suffering from [a] runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes, I will recommend an antihistamine med for your symptoms. But if nasal congestion is an issue then it's a decongestant that may be more helpful," says Dr. Erin Gardner, of the Allergy and Asthma clinic.

Gardner also recommends keeping the windows closed if possible and take a shower after you have been outdoors for a while, which will wash away excess pollen.