Published: Mar 16, 2012 4:53 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 16, 2012 11:47 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Take out your tissues, allergy season is moving in and making seasonal sufferers miserable.

"Your whole inside feels congested, clogged up, you can't breath, you can't sleep," said Fort Myers resident Chantel Bryant.

Allergist Dr. Larry Castillo says Southwest Florida's subtropical climate makes pollen counts steadier and the season's duration longer, compared to areas farther north.

This year, there's an added kicker to pollen problems.

"It is windier than usual. It's also been warmer. So the pollen may be more consistently high than it normally is," Castillo said.

But fear not, Dr.Castillo promises there are some solutions.

"You should always try the over-the-counter medications first. The good news is there's quite a few out there now," Castillo said.

If that doesn't suffice, experts say it might be time to a pay a visit to your family practitioner, or better yet, an allergist.

As for a timeline to the end of your tissue-torture, Castillo says sky-high tree pollen counts subside in the summer...right as grass, weeds, and mold counts begin to creep up.

"There's always something out there. There's always some type of allergen out there," Castillo said.