Sources of summer allergies

Your air conditioner may be an overlooked source of allergy problems.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Even though many of us associate allergies as something we mainly have to deal with in the spring, some allergies can be a problem in the summer too.  If you’ve been sneezing and sniffling lately, you’re not alone.

The later than normal arrival of warmer spring weather this year led to a lot of trees blooming at once, and that has caused tree pollen levels to be high. The tree pollen has gone down, but now grass and weed pollen are on the rise, and that could be bothering you if you’re an allergy sufferer.

Your air conditioner could also be causing you problems.

John O’Neill of Holyoke Medical Center told 22News, “Room air conditioners people don’t tend to pay as much attention to, and they can certainly build up a lot of mold, and they’re vented to the outside and they can pull in a lot of the pollens from the outside.”

It’s important to regularly change the air filter in your air conditioner.

The American Lung Association is reporting mold levels are on the moderate side.

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