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Allergy Season Off To A Late Start

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Spring is officially here and many people are looking forward to the warmer temperatures. But for those with seasonal allergies, the spring weather can come at a price.

According to Dr. Douglas Nelson, an Allergist at Mayo Clinic Health System, so far this year hasn’t been too bad.

“We’ve had some people that are starting to notice symptoms and have started taking medication but usually this would be a common time people are already seeing symptoms,” said Dr. Nelson. “ I think we’re just a few weeks late because of the cold weather.”

Dr. Nelson said this is because the cold spring weather has been suppressing some of the earlier budding tree species, causing the season to start a little late.

But just because you haven’t felt the effects of pollen and other spring allergens yet doesn’t mean this allergy season isn’t going to happen.

“We can often times predict start times just because of temperature but we can’t really predict how well the trees and grass and weeds grow,” said Dr. Nelson. “Just like farmers can’t always predict how their crops will do.”

At this point, Dr. Nelson said he has no reason to believe that this allergy season will be worse than past years. However, if all the early and late pollinating tree species end up pollinating at the same time it could have a pretty intense start up.

Dr. Nelson said April and May tend to be the worst months for spring allergies. He said since you can’t control allergen levels outside, those who suffer from seasonal allergies should focus on limiting exposure to potential allergens and symptom management.
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