"Pollen Bomb" linked to abnormally high spring allergies

"Pollen Bomb" linked to abnormally high spring allergies Click to Enlarge

(KNSI) - If you've been suffering from allergies a lot more than usual this spring, you’re not alone.

"I've been an allergist for at least 40 years and I've never seen anything quite like this, all the trees were coming out at once so we had what we call a pollen bomb," says Dr. Stephen Leslie with CentraCare Health.

He says the delay in warmer weather created the perfect storm.

"I saw people in the office that were just miserable and they hadn't been miserable in the past."

He says trees usually start pollinating in March and the pollen is dispersed over an eight-week period, but due to the late start to spring many trees started pollinating at the same time.

The good news is the worst of allergy season is over. Dr. Leslie says most of the trees have finished pollinating and it should be a normal allergy season from this point forward.

He says most allergy symptoms can be relived with over the counter medications but if they don't then see a specialist.

During allergy season it's a good idea to take a shower before bed and change clothes if you've been outside.

He says people with grass allergies will start to feel symptoms.

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