Late spring arrival leads to harsh allergy season

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Updated: 5/06 10:37 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – Allergy season has hit the Capital Region after a long, cold winter.

The Capital Region experienced a mild spring and warm winter in 2013 causing local plants to bloom two to three weeks early. But this year, everything is blooming at the same time as a result of the long winter.

And with new blooms come allergies.

“It’s kind of like catch up,” NEWS10 ABC Chief Meteorologist Steve Caporizzo said. “That’s why it may be a little bit worse than it normally is and of course when you have dry weather and windy weather, which we’ve had some, that makes the pollen count even that much worse.”

Rain showers would lower the pollen count, but Caporizzo said the region won’t be receiving enough rainfall to make a drastic difference.

It’s currently the beginning of tree pollen season, but allergy symptoms may linger throughout the spring and summer seasons.

Dr. David Schulan is a certified allergy and asthma consultant. He said there are some new FDA approved medications for allergies, but with all the plants blossoming at once, it’s hard to determine what‘s causing the symptoms.

He said allergy testing may be needed.

“To find out what you’re allergic to, and even if we don’t start injections immediately, we have an idea of what’s causing the problem and sometimes some simple avoidance measures can be of great help,” he said.

Allergies may be persistent through the summer. At the end of tree pollen season, grass pollen season begins and that is followed by ragweed season.

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