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Bad allergy season predicted for spring 2014

Bad Allergy Season Predicted for Spring 2014
While the coming spring means we're that much closer to wearing shorts and flip-flops, it also brings allergy sufferers a few months of misery. "CBS This Morning" spoke with Dr. Clifford Bassett, an allergy and asthma expert who says this spring might be one of the worst ever for people with seasonal allergies.

'Precipitation, all that rain and snow ... lot of good stuff for those root systems, trees and plants. They're primed and they're ready to go. They're already releasing their pollens early.'

People with allergies living in the Southeast are going to be hit the hardest.

AccuWeather spoke with an allergist, who notes that tree growth affects how much pollen is released into the air each spring. 'In the Southeast, where oaks and maples are plentiful, the warmer air and intermittent rain that typically accompanies spring create ideal conditions for rapid tree growth.'

WebMD says people with pollen and mold allergies often experience symptoms such as runny noses, watery eyes and sneezing.

Although it might seem difficult to avoid these sorts of allergens, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has some tips: 'Use a clothes dryer rather than dry clothes outside, where they can collect pollen; limit your time outdoors when pollen and mold counts are high; clean and replace air conditioner filters often.'

Dr. Bassett says anyone concerned he or she might have an allergy should make sure to get tested.

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TAYA MARIE MELLO March 22 2014 at 12:46 AM

my daughter literally has been sneezing and coughing non stopped

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susan TAYA MARIE MELLO March 22 2014 at 8:19 AM

How does she ever sleep or eat or do anything else then?

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abudotcom March 22 2014 at 9:40 AM

I know.....

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tmmichell March 22 2014 at 10:36 PM

aaaaaaccchhhhoooooo

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Cckkmf March 22 2014 at 9:59 PM

It's already here and hitting us hard ... North Carolina.

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LIFLUKE March 22 2014 at 7:57 PM

Just picked up my nasacort today at cvs no more prescription necessary.

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LL March 22 2014 at 7:13 PM

And why I look forward to summertime, becasue it ain't bitter cold and no allergies !

Bring on the heat & humidity !

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magarch1 March 22 2014 at 11:09 AM

Another non-story.... Same "headline" every spring.

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Pantino4 magarch1 March 22 2014 at 12:04 PM

big Pharma - AMA

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songbirdgray March 22 2014 at 5:50 PM

Living in florida , where we have things growing all year round, is really bad, but it does have it's plus side, no snow! however we have already noticed if you ave allergies you are not able to go out , with out really knowing there is a lot of stuff out there, we have an abundance of pine pollen and have an enormous oak tree in our front yard. So here we go , good luck everyone!

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Mike March 22 2014 at 1:05 PM

Didn't even have to open of the story to know we are going to get slammed down here in the SE. Already have a supply of Claritin in the medicine cabinet.

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spotapony March 22 2014 at 1:53 PM

Oh, panic! panic! It's always something to scare the public!

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