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Are your seasonal allergies acting up?

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 An unusually warm winter could make for an earlier
onset of seasonal allergies.
A sudden onset of aching, sniffling and sneezing may not be signs of a common cold.

Allergens may make an early appearance in what is expected to be a mild spring following an unseasonably warm winter.

But a precise forecast of what the varying countrywide weather and accompanying allergies may bring is difficult to predict.

Still, for most of the country, warmer temperatures may cause an early explosion of plant pollens (such as ragweed) in the air, which will not bode well for allergy sufferers.

But the balmy temperatures and less snow cover will also mean fewer mould spores in the spring air -- a welcome departure for some.

Stuart Carr, an allergy specialist said, the intensity of the allergy season will decide how often allergy sufferers will reach for a tissue.

A few consecutive days of extreme heat resulting in a short but more intense plant pollen season could be worse than a lengthy allergy season, he said.

Preventative treatment, such as recognizing allergy triggers and which season typically sets off the watery eyes can help allergy sufferers cope with their symptoms, Carr said.

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

Tags: Health, seasons, weather

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