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Seasonal allergies: Have you been suffering lately?

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Heavy snow and rain in some parts of the U.S. have nourished a profusion of tree pollen, while a sudden shift to warm, sunny weather has made its release more robust, the Associated Press reports. Add in the wind, and the suffering skyrockets.

"This past week has been one of the worst ever," rasped Lynne Ritchie, 70, as she bought allergy medicine this week at a Manhattan drugstore.

Dr. Stanley Schwartz hears that from patients all the time -- every year, in fact, he noted with a wry smile.

"Literally, every year is the worst year," said Schwartz, chief of allergy and rheumatology for Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo. "Now it may actually be, but when it's there and you're feeling it, you don't remember what last year was like."

- With files from The Associated Press

Do you have seasonal allergies? Have you been suffering lately? If you do, how do you cope with the sneezing and itchy eyes? Let us know in the comments below - and include your region to let us know which ones are being hit hard.

(This survey is not scientific. It is based on readers' responses.)

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