2014 allergy season expected to be one of the worst

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An extended winter meant a delayed start to the allergy season. But doctors warn, all the pollen coming out at once could have a devastating impact.

Sunny, 50-degree days are finally here, but that could be bad news for people who suffer from seasonal allergies.

Doctors are already seeing patients with runny noses and itchy eyes, and they say the long, cold, snowy winter we’ve had this year is to blame.

After a delayed arrival of spring, a sudden exposure to the environment could lead to severe reactions. And mold built up under all the snow could trigger allergic reactions as well.

Dan Maroney of Springfield said “Real bad, my eyes get real puffy, and my nose, and there’s nothing you can do about it. I’ve tried a couple different things. I’ve had an allergy test, but nothing relaly seems to work. I usually go to the steam room and get everything out of my system.”

Sam Maroney said “Indoor allergies are bad too, so you can’t escape it. I’m allergic to dust and household stuff, so kind of powerless, I guess. Just do what I can, you know.”

To relief allergy symptoms:

  • Avoid going outside
  • Use the dryer to dry your clothes, instead of hanging your laundry
  • Shower when you’re back inside
  • Clean and replace air conditioner filters often

You can expect to see more pollen in the air over the next couple of weeks. Doctors say over-the-counter medicines can certainly help relieve some symptoms.

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