The delayed allergy season in the central and eastern USA is making up for lost time as tree pollen ramps up in what’s predicted to be a harsh year for allergy sufferers.
The unusually cold winter delayed the start of tree buds in the Southeast, southern Mid-Atlantic and Plains. But now, as temperatures rise, causing flowers and trees to start blooming, it could be a rough year once the pollen reaches its peak, AccuWeather meteorologist Tony Zartman said.
Spring has finally sprung in many places after a record-breaking winter (sorry, Boston), but you might be reaching for tissues more often than usual this year amid worries about a “pollen vortex.”
Some allergists say a harsher winter means an especially bad allergy season, but the jury’s still out on whether the science backs that up.
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It’s like a scene from a low-budget horror flick: the trees are blooming, the grass is growing…and runny-nosed zombies are invading the planet! Seasonal allergies are here, but if you’re one of the sniffly multitudes, you may have noticed that the “allergy season” can span most of the year (and that symptoms may flare right before your period).
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Spring is almost here and you’ve already started to get ready for warmer weather and longer days. But before you get overzealous on the gardening and landscaping tasks, it’s important to take your pollen allergies into consideration.
Before you scrap all plans to create a beautiful yard, Dr. Clifford Bassett, founder and medical director at Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, told weather.com about some ways to make your garden allergy-friendly. He advises organizing your garden so that the plants that produce the most pollen are farthest from any entrance to the home. However, if you don’t want to take any risk, there are 23 plants that Dr. Bassett recommends as the best choices for allergy sufferers becuase they are the least allergy provoking. From vibrant azaleas to fragrant (yes, fragrant!) roses, there is a wide range of options.
View the List of Plants: http://www.weather.com/health/allergy/news/best-plants-allergies
Remember the Polar Vortex? Baby stuff. In the Pollen Vortex, you can’t just hunker down for a few days and wait for the storm to blow over. With more pollen in the air, this allergy season is set to be longer and nastier than ever. “Many seasonal sufferers who previously had relatively mild symptoms are now experiencing full-on allergy overload,” says Clifford W. Bassett, M.D., medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York.
Indeed, one national study found that the number of people sputtering in response to common outside allergens like pollen rose around 15 percent from 2005 to 2008, and experts say it’s only skyrocketed since.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s annual ranking of the worst cities for people with spring allergies is out, and once again, the Southeastern United States appears to fare worst, thanks to a combination of warm weather and pollen counts.
But as there are more than 45 million Americans who have pollen and/or grass allergies, no region is really safe from the season, Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York and an ambassador for the AAFA, told weather.com. One in five people has the “allergic gene,” which means that even if you move away from a pollen-heavy area, you’ll develop new allergies in your new hometown after a couple of years, he added.
The first day of spring may be a blessing for most, but for millions of seasonal allergy sufferers across the United States, it represents that start of another extended period of sniffles, sneezes and suffering. Unfortunately, those hoping for at least some sense of relief this year may be in for a pretty huge let-down as experts suggest that 2015’s spring allergy season is going to be particularly brutal.
Recent studies suggest that a massive 35 million American’s are to some extent affected by seasonal allergies, which vary from mild inconveniences to genuinely life-affecting allergic reactions.
The spring pollen season brings a lot of stress for the millions of Americans who spend their days sneezing and sniffling. And one task in particular — gardening — can cause a significant amount of misery becuase of the proximity to pollen producers it requires.
With that in mind, Dr. Clifford Bassett, founder and medical director at Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, put together a list of gardening tips for his patients so they can decrease their exposure to the popular allergen.