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.

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