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Harsh Winter Making Spring Allergies Worse

The severity and length of winter this year delayed pollination from many trees, causing them to flower at the same time as other trees.

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With more trees blooming at the same time, allergies this spring are more severe.

The harsh winter weather is causing more severe spring allergies this season.

Tracey Murphy is the Manager of Allergy and Asthma of Southern Indiana in Bloomington. She says people are getting hit with multiple types of seasonal allergies at the same time.

“Due to the cold temperatures early this spring, the trees that typically pollinate in the late winter and early spring are delayed in flowering and pollen release,” Murphy said. “So that means the trees that pollinate later in spring, the ones that do typically late winter early spring are pollinating at the same time. Plus the grasses which are resulting in a pollen explosion of sorts.”

Murphy says the weather can also affect the severity of allergy symptoms—which include sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, and sore throats

She recommends people check the daily pollen forecast or find an over-the-counter medicine to relieve the symptoms.

 

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