Long winter could mean more intense allergy season

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — Winter may unofficially be over, but there may not be much relief in sight just yet for allergy sufferers.

Experts say a shortened spring due to the long winter may create a more intense allergy season.

Some allergists in New Jersey say they've already seen a noticeable increase in patients as the weather has gotten warmer.

On the bright side, there's the possibility that a quick cold snap when trees are blossoming could provide some relief. Lewis Ziska, an ecologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1grYDDh) that it could be an all-or-nothing allergy season.

Allergists say that even if climate trends point to higher pollen counts over time, allergy sufferers have access to more over-the-counter medications than ever.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

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