Harsh winter across Wabash Valley could mean bad allergy season

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s that time of year again to start stockpiling tissues.

The worst winter the Wabash Valley has seen in years could give way to one of the worst allergy seasons. No more piles of snow may be a welcomed break for some; however for allergy sufferers the warm weather brought on by spring may also bring discomfort.

“Sneezing, watery eyes, itchy eyes, itchy nose, sometimes an itchy throat, those are the primary symptoms,” said Chief Medical Officer at Union Hospital, Dr. John Bolinger.

The good news is you may not experience those bothersome symptoms for another couple of weeks.

“Because it’s cold and the trees aren’t budding out as quickly as they normally do,” Bolinger said.

The bad news, when the pollen finally does arrive it could be worse than past seasons.

“Because we had such a wet, cold winter all that moisture has allowed the trees to produce a lot of pollen this year,” Bolinger continued.

Heavy snowfall across the Northeast is predicted to also lead to a more severe season for mold allergy sufferers.

“The amount of moisture that’s still in the ground and still around means the molds will be bad as well,” he explained.

Don’t worry there are some ways to make sure allergies don’t spoil your spring.

“If they know they have serious allergies they need to start their medications earlier that usual so when the season starts they already have the medication in their system,” said Bolinger.

One of your favorite spring activities may be to exercise outside but doing so at a certain time of day could help alleviate symptoms.

“You should probably not do it at dawn or dusk. You should do it during the middle of the day because the pollen count is usually lower then.”

Bolinger also suggests washing your clothes after being outside.

While allergies may seem harmless they can lead to more severe symptoms if left untreated.

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