ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – You might be noticing your nose itching and your eyes watering — it’s officially allergy season.

Dr. Saju Eapen from the Asthma and Allergy Center in Roanoke says we’re actually in the middle of tree pollen season, and he’s seeing patients who are really struggling with symptoms.

Paired with the presence of COVID-19, Dr. Eapen says it’s not too difficult to differentiate between the two. Just be mindful of the symptoms that you don’t typically deal with in springtime.

“If you have symptoms that are more suggestive of an infection like a fever or body aches — typical COVID symptoms — then get tested,” said Dr. Eapen. “But if you’re typically a person who gets symptoms in the spring and it’s just the same symptoms, it’s probably just your allergies.”

Most allergies can be treated with over-the-counter medication. However, if your typical treatments aren’t cutting it anymore, you may need to see a doctor.