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Spring allergy season could be getting even longer

Pollen has been causing problems as early as February this year.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Typically, we see the heart of “spring allergy season” in March or April, but this year that timeline has moved up some.

Allergist Dr. Andrew Dang, with Premier Allergy & Asthma, started seeing patients in February for pollen that we usually see in the spring. With our winters trending warmer, trees and grass will start to produce pollen sooner.

Credit: Climate Central

Over the past 50 years, 97% of the 244 weather stations have experienced shrinking winter cold snaps according to data from Climate Central. Cold snaps shrunk by 6 days on average across these weather stations.  

“Spring and summer could overlap allowing for tree and grass pollen in one season. That could be a problem because most people have multiple allergies,” Dr. Andrew Dang said.

Beyond over the counter medication, you can also follow a few of these tips to help with allergies:

  • Spend more time indoors during high pollen days
  • Frequently change out your air filter
  • Brush off your pet before they return inside
  • Try a saline nasal rinse
  • Keep windows closed and use the AC
  • Use a mask when you go outside 

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