LAKEWOOD - Sneezing and coughing can be heard all over the Garden State as allergy sufferers are feeling the impact of a mild winter.

Dr. Philip Pasternak, of the Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center in Lakewood, says, "When you don't have that winter weather, everything seems to come earlier and stronger."

Tree pollen began to strike about three to four weeks ago, and now levels throughout New Jersey are moderate to high. Alex Fariello, of Jackson says, "It's brutal this year! For me, it's more of a runny nose thing, but it's bad."

Dr. Pasternak adds that, "Since we didn't have much of a winter, any winter, the molds are also very high."

All of this points to an unusually strong season for allergy sufferers. Antihistamines and nasal sprays can offer some relief.