This week provided the first real taste of spring, but for those with seasonal allergies, spring has literally been “in the air” for some time. In fact, people with spring allergies are most likely already experiencing sneezing, watery eyes and fatigue because of tree pollen.
“Our area of the country typically experiences high tree pollen levels from March through May,” said Marjorie Slankard, M.D., Director of Allergy and Immunology at The Valley Hospital. This year’s colder weather may have delayed the process a bit, but once the warmer weather hits pollen levels will shoot up.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), more than 40 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, and this is expected to be one of the worst seasons we have seen for tree pollen.
To find a Valley Hospital allergist near you, please call 1-800-VALLEY 1, or visit www.ValleyMedicalStaff.com to search by specialty.
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