Achoo! Get ready, allergy season is just around the corner

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New Jersey saw beautiful, sunny skies Tuesday that hinted at the start of some spring-like weather.

Spring will bring warmer temperatures and clearer skies, with many people spending more time outdoors. But with that time outdoors some more exposure to certain allergens. And for those with seasonal allergies – spring brings itchy eyes and runny noses.

Experts say that this year’s warmer and wetter winter means that pollen from flowers and trees will be more active.

“Because of a lot of rain there are a lot of plant blooms sooner and simultaneously,” says Dr. Sudhir M. Parikh with the Center for Asthma and Allergy. “That gives you a lot of pollen in the air.”

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Doctors say that seasonal allergies fall into three different categories: tree pollen, grass pollen, and ragweed. The weather can influence the severity of each of these seasons but there is a yearly pattern as to the timing of each season.

“April, May are the spring allergy, which is the tree pollen allergy. June, July is the grass pollen, and August, September is the ragweed allergy,” says Parikh.

The highest levels of tree pollen are expected by late April. Over-the-counter medications can provide some relief, but Parikh recommends seeing an allergist for a more permanent solution for the problem.

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