NJ allergy season in full swing as trees bloom for spring

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Pollen from blooming trees and plants are leaving some New Jersey residents dealing with allergy attacks.

The pollen count in New Jersey is so heavy that the yellow-green film can be seen on vehicles and roadways. News 12 New Jersey saw long lines at many local car washes as residents tried to clean their cars from the coating of pollen.

Red Bank allergist Dr. Andrew Hirsch says that the recent nice weather has exacerbated some allergy sufferer’s symptoms.

“People weren't outside before, so they weren’t experiencing any symptoms, even if pollens were out to some degree,” he says. “Now they really came out stronger and people are going out so it's a big difference."

Hirsch says that it is best to keep windows closed to prevent the pollen from getting inside. He also says that it is important to wash your hands and face if you have to go outside.

“When you come in, if you rinse off, rinse your nose, eyes with saline and then medication options,” he says.

Maple, birch and oak pollens cause the most symptoms, according to Hirsch. These are trees commonly found in backyards and neighborhoods. After the tree pollen subsides, there is also grass pollen and then ragweed in the autumn.

Hirsch says long-term treatment plans are also an option and may be covered by insurance plans.

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