Achoo! Grab the tissues allergy sufferers, it could be a rough allergy season.
A long winter may make this spring particularly miserable for those with allergies. According to experts, the lingering cold could mean a late flowering for trees and plants.
"This is shaping up to be a severe allergy season due to the long winter and snowfall that was well above average levels," said Dr. Peter Schilt, otolaryngologist at Community Physician Network.
"The delayed start of spring weather means that trees will be releasing larger amounts of pollen in a shorter amount of time," said Schilt. "The moisture from all of the precipitation this winter will also cause mold levels to increase."
That means that once the temperatures do warm up, trees and plants will release large amounts of sneeze and snot inducing allergens into the air. It also means that mold spores will trigger more respiratory problems related to allergies and asthma.
Schilt reminds those with allergies that there are ways to combat their allergies:
- Keep windows and doors closed when the weather gets warm. (This reduces the amount of pollen let into your home.)
- Take a shower before going to bed. (This will remove excess pollen from your body.)
- Check and change A/C filter throughout spring season.
- Consult an ENT or allergist.
For more information about combating allergies, call 800-777-7775 and ask to be referred to an otolaryngologist or ear, nose and throat specialist.