Rain provides temporary relief for people with pollen allergies

Rain could encourage grass growth, leading to high grass pollen count

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The rain we’re seeing now is definitely helping with the tree pollen in western Massachusetts, but it could lead to more problems when the sun comes back out.

If you’ve been sniffling and sneezing lately you’re not alone. Over the last couple of weeks the grass has been growing and the trees have been blooming.

Tree pollen has been very high. However, on rainy days like Friday, the rain washes the pollen out of the air. But when the sun comes back out, it may not only be the tree pollen giving you problems.

“The rain will cause a lot of grass growth,” Dr. Robert McGovern explained. “So probably the grass season which starts around May 15th until about August 1st is probably going to be severe this year.”

Dr. McGovern said that the tree pollen and grass pollen season will likely overlap later this month into the beginning of June.

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