Allergy season to return with a vengeance

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by Sachelle Saunders

For some, it’s springtime, others call it allergy season. Spring is a chance to get out and enjoy the fresh air, but not without consequence for allergy sufferers. Jogger Vincent Olmos noticed the change almost immediately.

"The minute it warmed up to sixty degrees, that's when all of a sudden it kicked in,” Olmos said.           

Olmos is talking about allergy symptoms. Each year he gets itchy watery eyes. Daniel Hyman is experiencing it too.

"I started waking up with scratchy throat, watery eyes, so I knew it was that time of year again," Hyman said.

Doctor Martin Lobel warns it’s is only going to get worse. Tree season was supposed to begin a month ago, but because of the extended winter, they’re just beginning to sprout. The late start is going to create a pollen explosion, condensing an 8 week growing season into just four or five weeks. Dr. Lobel says allergy sufferers will feel the impact.

"The symptoms are going to be the same, they're probably going to be worse because of the higher levels of the pollen,” Lobel said.

He advises allergy sufferers to prepare now.

“We recommend starting medications before, so it's built up in their bloodstream," Lobel said.

Hyman says he won’t let it bother him, he’s already taking Zyrtec to ease his symptoms. Allergies won’t hold him hostage.

“One of those things that God gives us to deal with, and we deal with it, and pretty soon it will be summer time and hopefully, it'll be past us," Hyman said.

Summer may not be in the clear. If mother nature gives us a rainy one, mold will be the new culprit.

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