It's important to be proactive when it comes to allergies.

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(WBIR) Your stuffy nose and itchy eyes say it all - fall allergy season has arrived in East Tennessee.

Allergists said this season is going to be especially bad because the rain and high humidity are creating lots of mold.

If your eyes and throat are beginning to itch, chances are you're suffering from fall allergies. If symptoms are not properly treated, allergies can develop into a full-blown sinus infection.

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"By the time it gets to the point that the eyes are red - it's a little bit already too late - symptoms have settled in," said allergy specialist Max Ghaderi.

Doctors stress it's important to be proactive. People prone to allergies should take medication, even if they don't have any symptoms. Neti pots can also be helpful in cleaning out any pollen you pick up throughout the day.

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