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Columbus Dispatch: Allergy Season in Full Swing


Sneezing and sniffling more than usual this time of year? Allergy season has hit Ohio and this one might prove to be more challenging than most. The Columbus Dispatch spoke to OhioHealth allergy and immunology specialist, Donald McNeil, MD, who shared why.

Grass, tree, and mold season have coincided, creating the perfect storm for allergy sufferers. Due to the recent warm weather, tree pollen is making a late season surge, according to Dr. McNeil. "Tree pollen is not so common when it's cold and rainy," he told The Columbus Dispatch. "But as soon as it gets to be warm, sunny days like we've had over the past weekend, you can bet there will be lots of people with symptoms.”

Normally, tree pollen season runs from April to May, but this timeframe can be greatly influenced by weather conditions. This year’s overlap has intensified the situation, with the grass season “in full blast right now,” McNeil added. Mold season will continue through the fall, making this a triple threat that’s unlikely to let up anytime soon.

Individuals are advised to stay indoors on dry and windy days and shower after being outside to remove that pesky pollen from the hair and skin. For those seeking relief, over the counter antihistamines, nasal sprays, and decongestants can help alleviate the discomfort. If symptoms linger, an allergist can help identify specific triggers and treatments options.

As long as this warm and sunny weather persists, Dr. McNeil says it’s a “safe bet” to assume your allergies will do the same.

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