WAUSAU - Many people rely on allergy medicine to help them get through the spring.
But some over the counter medicine can actually worsen your symptoms.
Over the counter antihistamines can soothe some allergy symptoms like sneezing.
But they can also irritate your eyes and make other symptoms even worse.
Some optometrists believe popular allergy medicines can dry out your eyes.
That can increase some symptoms like itchy and red eyes.
Doctors believe some over the counter drugs can also dry out contact lenses.
They say the best way to reduce your allergy symptoms is to get prescription medicine.
"We have some great eye drops that work very, very well. They're very simple to administer. You put in one drop, it works in about three to five minutes, and you'll get 12 to 16 hours of relief just from one simple eye drop," said Dr. Jeffrey Sarazen, an optometrist at Envision Eyecare.
Doctors believe 40 percent of all Americans will suffer from allergies this spring.
But there are some things you can do to prevent symptoms from flaring up.
"If you know you're someone that's going to suffer from seasonal allergies, try to keep the windows closed at night. Try to avoid exercising early morning, late evening when allergy counts are the highest. Practice good hand washing. Your mom told you not to rub your eyes and she was right. Try not to rub your eyes," said Sarazen.
Doctors believe the most common mistake people make during allergy season is treating symptoms without a diagnosis.
They say many people try to treat allergies but they're suffering from something else, like dry eye.
The best way to find out if you're allergic to anything is to see a doctor.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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