With cold temperatures, bare branches and significant snowfall still on the ground some may feel they're actually allergic to winter, not the pollen that's typical this time of year. But experts say get ready: Mother Nature could deliver a doozy of a season.
"So with all the snow we've had this year and all the water, I would expect that there's going to be a big bloom of pollen season. We probably will have a pretty nasty tree pollen season. And it has been for the past two years. We've seen pollen counts, the tree pollen counts that have been 30 to 50 percent higher than we've had for decades," said Dr. Elizabeth Jaffe from Timber Lane Asthma and Allergy.
Jaffe says the water from all the snow allows the trees to thrive, thus producing heavy pollen counts. Timber Lane's tests so far have come up empty, but before long, there will be no more bare branches and heavy pollen is expected to have allergy sufferers scratching their itchy eyes and wiping their runny noses.
Jaffe says it's best to prepare now.
"You want to anticipate because if the inflammation starts you can just start behind your symptoms. It's best if you're tree pollen allergic, in early April start taking everything that you normally need to take," said Jaffe.
She says take them before symptoms even begin. It's the best medicine for allergy sufferers who may be in for a difficult season, after a long, difficult winter.
Experts say one in five Americans suffer from allergies, with nearly 4 million work days lost because of pollen allergies each year.
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