If allergy sufferers feel worse this year compared to last year, chances are they're right.
Spring is the time of year choruses of sneezes can be heard. That's when allergy season is in full bloom in New England, according to doctors.
"It's going to be a more bothersome season for people," said Dr. Jigisha Morosky, an allergist and immunologist.
Morosky said many of her patients started complaining about their symptoms back in February.
"This year, the winter was so warm, that the pollen season started much earlier," she said. "Instead of being March, April, into June, it's going to be February going all the way into the end of June, possibly even July."
As of mid-May, Connecticut's birch and oak trees were the most common cause behind the dry eyes, sniffling and sneezing.
Since allergy season is longer this year, there won't be much of a break before weed season starts up in the fall. Morosky said it's becoming a new trend.
"Every single year, I have patients saying that their symptoms are worse than the year before," she said.
In the year 2040, experts said pollen concentrations are expected to be 50 percent higher than they are today. That means allergies are only expected to get worse.
Doctors said there are ways to manage the symptoms.
Morosky said when it comes to pollen, create a barrier. Keep the windows closed both homes and in vehicles.
Anyone outside for an extended period of time should rise off their body and hair when they come indoors.
People can also rinse out their nasal passages with a saline rinse.
Finally, if the condition doesn't improve, over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines or steroid nasal spays can be options.
"In patients who are looking for long-term solutions to their allergy symptoms, they can consider doing the immunotherapy injections," Morosky said. "These are also known as allergy shots."
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