We have barely had time to enjoy the spring weather and already pollen numbers have begun to soar.
Late last week, pollen count numbers hit over 2,700 in the state.
Allergist Dr. Stanly Fineman says it is mostly tree pollen at this point.
“From talking to biologists, the trees are taking on a lot of water, and with the warmer weather we are going to begin to see trees pollinate more”, said Fineman.
He explains some of the symptoms many of us feel when being blasted with pollen.
“Sniffling, nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy nose, and drainage”, described Fineman. “Those are the typical symptoms that people have, and they also feel generally run down.”
Fineman urges everyone with springtime allergies to take the proper precautions, as he is expecting even higher pollen counts over the next couple of months.
“In May we see the grass pollen, so the next couple of months we are going to see significant pollen elevations and we anticipate those who have springtime pollen allergies, that they could be at more risk at that time”, explained Fineman.
According to Fineman, the cold and wet winter delayed the blooms of the trees, hence the flood of pollen we are already seeing as the warmer weather begins.