Even if it’s still winter, the allergy season appears to start earlier this year. Most of the country is already confronting with high pollen levels. Spring is nearly a month away. Nevertheless, the wet and mild winter registered higher temperatures than the average ones expected during the cold season. Thus, numerous areas reported high pollen counts much earlier than normal.
- Due to a warm winter, this year, the allergy season starts earlier.
- Even if spring is more than a month apart, many areas registered high pollen levels.
- Allergists recommend for those suffering from allergies to use nasal sprays and allergy shots.
The South already faces high pollen levels due to the fact that high temperatures determined trees to come back to life. Based on the data provided by the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Center, this week, Atlanta registered high pollen counts estimated at 1,289.
The center also unveiled that last year these numbers were not recorded until late March. Moreover, according to the data provided by an AccuWeather map, some areas of Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina and Texas had also indicated high levels of pollen.
Dr. Yasmin Bhasin, an allergist at Allergy and Asthma Care in Middletown, New York, stated that the wet and mild weather they have experienced throughout the whole winter season would more likely trigger a terrible allergy season for all allergic people in the country. She also noted that the allergy season is correlated with the snowfalls and rainfalls from the cold season.
The weather is the most significant factor in the development of trees, boosting their growth, flourishing process and the pollinating period in spring. If trees are healthier and receive all the necessary resources, then the quantity of pollen in the air will be higher. Bhasin also pointed out that mid-March represents the prime time for the release of all allergens.
Nevertheless, if the weather is warmer than usual, as it happened this year, the allergy season can start earlier than expected by experts. Last year, the cold season was longer and, thus, the allergy season was delayed. People who usually live with all sorts of allergies are already impacted by this increased pollen level.
Allergists claimed that the number of patients had increased lately. Specialists recommend people who usually confront with allergies to use nasal sprays, allergy shots, and salt water washes to try and combat them. Dr. Susan Raschal, from the Covenant Allergy and Asthma Care, argued that the warm weather has caused a sudden rise in the levels of pollen, affecting people who confront with allergies.
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