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Mild winter could cause misery for people with allergies

Feb 16, 2012 5:02pm
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(NECN: Brian Burnell) - Well a lot of people are loving this year's mild winter but, if you suffer from allergies, you might not be too happy about sneezing sooner than you normally would.

This is kind of a no win situation. Last year's longer and more severe winter dealt a nasty blow to allergy sufferers, as well.
 
Now, most people who are sniffling, sneezing and coughing probably have a cold or are reacting to other allergens, like animal dander or mold.  

While most people are probably enjoying our mild winter there are those for whom it is bringing early misery. People who suffer from seasonal allergies to tree pollen especially may already be feeling the effects. These are symptoms they would not normally feel for at least another month.  The downside to golf in February is the trees tee up the pollen, too.

“I think there's no question that with the milder winter we're going to have an earlier spring than typical which means that perhaps in the next few weeks the spring tree pollen sufferers are going to start having some symptoms," said Dr. Jeffrey Factor, allergy specialist.

And the most sensitive could be feeling as early as now.  Dr. Ceasar Fuentes is one of those.  He was hit hard last spring because the severe winter we had led to an explosion of pollen once the weather finally turned and the snow melted. Dr. Fuentes decided oral medication wasn't enough so he's getting a series of shots to desensitize himself.

“I'm in the middle of my treatment. I have allergy shots. I'm getting allergy shots for the past four months. The difference is 100 percent," Dr. Fuentes said.  

He also said he can feel his allergies starting to react these days.

"I'm feeling, because of the weather, its coming but this is nothing compared to last year," said Dr. Fuentes.

“The most sensitive may start having some seasonal symptoms now,” said Dr. Factor. “The buds are on the trees and soon following the buds is the pollen."

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