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Allergy Season Getting Underway

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
April 5, 2013

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The allergy season is getting underway, and this year could be more troublesome than usual.

Dr. Leonard Bielory is an allergy investigator at Rutgers Center for Environmental Prediction.

He says Hurricane Sandy provided extra moisture to add nutrients to trees, and that could boost the amount of pollen that will be produced.

 “Even the mild to moderate sufferers are going to feel the pinch. They’re going to feel the tingle in their eye so to speak, and it’s going to get teary and then red, and it may progress and their nasal symptoms will get worse.”

Bielory says over the counter eye drops and nasal sprays can provide some relief, but people with serious problems may need to see a doctor.

 “When they’re perfectly healthy and they have allergies, it can interfere with their quality of life with missed work, with just not thinking, fogginess, and it’s been done in studies that it’s equivalent to someone with congestive heart failure which is amazing to me as an allergist.”

Bielory says tree pollen will be the major problem until mid-May, then grasses will be the main concern through June, and after that weeds will cause even more allergy problems.

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