Spring is here, pollen on the rise

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- It’s starting to feel more like spring again. And, 22News found out that also means the pollen is on the rise.

If you’re an allergy sufferer and you haven’t been sneezing and sniffling much yet, chances are you will be very soon.

This year’s pollen count is expected to be higher than usual because of the long, snowy winter. All of the plants that remained dormant during the long cold winter will be blooming all at the same time.

There are some things you can do to reduce your exposure to pollen:

  • Close the windows and run the air conditioner, both in your house and in your car, it filters out pollen.
  • When you come inside, take a shower and change your clothes.
  • Exercise outside later in the day, when pollen counts are lower; they are highest in the morning.
  • If you wear glasses, be sure to wipe them off on a regular basis, they can collect pollen too.

Right now tree pollen is in the moderate category with maple, elm and poplar the primary allergens.

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