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Allergy Season Continues to Plague Sufferers


REGION (WGGB) — If you suffer from allergies, you know how bad this year has been. Even people who’ve never dealt with allergies before are being hit this year and for many, the symptoms are worse than usual.

The extra long winter meant blooming trees in New England were about a month behind schedule.

“This happened to be worse in June as opposed to most of the years where it starts in April or March. That’s because of the cold weather we had,” explains allergy physician Gopal Malladi.

The warmer weather has caused pollen to come all at once. This may be be why allergies seem worse, or more intense, and continues well through June.

For now, trees like oak and elm are the problem, but soon enough, other allergens will kick in too.

“Pretty soon, we’ll have grass and mold in the grass will be a problem,” Malladi adds.

And because of the delay in the pollen season, there’s the chance that the allergens could overlap as tree pollen peaks, grass and weed allergens begin.

What can you do to ease the symptoms?

Stand up “First off, get tested to know which trees trigger your allergies. Once you know that, you can figure out how to avoid their pollen.”

Stay indoors when you know pollen count is high, typically on warm and windy days when wind picks up dry pollen and sends it into the air.
And time of day matters too-

Malladi explains, “The first thing is don’t try to get out first thing in the morning, 5 to 10 in the morning on a clear day, pollen count is high.”

See a doctor and prepare yourself with an allergy shot or medicine ro control the symptoms.

When it’s cool or damp on a day like today, pollen counts are usually lower, but in general, this season allergy suffers say it has been one of the worst.

Tree pollen has remained high throughout the month of June and has hit its peak. Soon, grass pollen will be on the rise.

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