It’s that time of year again.

The flowers are in full bloom, the weather is slowly becoming more suitable for open-toe shoes, and trenches and maxi dresses abound. Spring can be the most beautiful time of year, but if you’re an allergy sufferer, it can also be the most miserable few months of the year.

Between the swollen, teary eyes and congested sinuses, the beginning moments of Spring can make some of us wish winter– with its brisk cold and piles of snow–would just come back. But new research has some debating whether the pollen blues could be more severe than once thought.

In a recent post, CNN‘s Elizabeth Landau explained that seasonal allergies are often associated with depressive symptoms like sadness, lethargy and fatigue.  But this is old news for the 36 million Americans who struggle with seasonal allergies.

In her research, however, Landau said she did not find a direct correlation between allergies and depression, only a vague one. She explains:

Research has shown there is about a doubling of risk for depression in a person suffering allergies and, if you’ve been seen by an allergist, that about triples the likelihood of having depression, said Dr. Paul Marshall, neuropsychologist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Those are correlations found in scientific studies, but they don’t show that allergies cause clinical depression.

For the most part, Landau says the solution to the Spring blues is to take over-the-counter allergy tablets and grin and bear the haziness and congestion of the next few weeks. The other alternative to keep allergies from flaring up in the first place by getting allergy shots, the only known permanent solution.

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