The snow seems to be finally melting across the province, but for allergy sufferers, or people with lung conditions, it can be the beginning of a season of sniffles.

Snow mould can cause everything from runny noses to breathing problems. We asked the Lung Association of Saskatchewan for some advice:

  • Take your medicine: There are a number of medications to get rid of allergy symptoms these days--both over the counter and available with a prescription. Get advice from a pharmacist or a doctor to see which ones will work for you.

  • Close your windows: Spores from snow mould and pollen can drift through open windows and wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. Keeping your windows closed is a good way to avoid allergens.

  • Avoid outside chores: Didn't have a chance to rake up those leaves before the snow landed? Here's a good excuse to leave them alone. Raking leaves or even shovelling snow can kick up mould spores and set off a reaction.

  • Wear a mask: If you do have to go outside, a simple face mask can filter out most allergens in the air. It may not be fashion forward, but it can be a good short-term solution on particularly bad days.

  • See your doctor: If you're having problems breathing this time of the year, it's probably a good idea to see if you have an underlying condition, like asthma. Symptoms can include tightness in your throat and chest, and general breathing problems.