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Polar vortex could lead to a tough allergy season

Polar Vortex Might Mean Harsher Allergy Season
It's almost April, but doctors are predicting this past winter's polar vortex is still going to be giving us trouble, this time in the form of allergies.

WVEC says, "Some people are already feeling the effects. Doctors say they're complaining of itchy, watery eyes, runny noses and, of course, sneezing."

WFMZ spoke with an allergist who explained how all the snow from this past winter will affect people with allergies.

"When it starts melting there will be even more moisture for the trees. They will be well primed to produce more pollens. ... There's more chances of having more molds."

Most years, trees gradually pollinate throughout March and April, but Time says everything could begin pollinating at once if the weather warms up quickly and stays warm.

NY1 says even people who aren't effected by seasonal allergies might be taking a trip to the doctor this spring.

"What we're seeing is the snow cover is starting to melt in surrounding areas, and what that does, that puts mold spores into the air. And many people who are sensitive to mold, and even not sensitive to mold, react when mold spores are high."

The CDC says the Institute of Medicine discovered a link between outdoor mold exposure and respiratory problems in children. And as long as there's moisture in the air, mold can grow on any surface outside or inside the home.

While it might seem impossible to avoid all the pollen and mold spores floating around in the air, a doctor gave the readers of Fox News a few pointers.

Avoid staying outdoors for too long between the hours of 5 to 10 a.m., when the pollen counts are highest. Keep your windows closed and change air conditioning filters often. And, take frequent showers to ensure pollen isn't tracked into your house.

Doctors advise people with allergies to start taking their allergy medication about two weeks before pollen season hits their area.

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cherofnc March 30 2014 at 4:43 AM

I have it all figured out.....are ya ready? We had a cold winter. The weather is no worse...people are just wussies and whine more. If algore believes his own BS, then Sexy Poodle is the devil for living like he does in a house the size of a mall a private jet and mutiple vehicles. He uses more energy in a month than I do in ten, maybe a lifetime. Oh yeah...the Mississippi river will flood this year too. Probably record highs since records were kept (the blink of an eye when considering how many millions of years that ol' river has been flooding)...get ready for that propoganda blitz.

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Debbie March 29 2014 at 3:01 PM

And if we had a warm winter they would of said that the cold didn't kill off the viruses etc and is blamed for all the dry brush we have in the woods for fires....gee someone be happy for something will ya? LOL

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Boogaloo March 29 2014 at 3:30 PM

OMG, did they know these things back in the day when we called polar vortex, WINTER!

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jpatch3 March 29 2014 at 3:37 PM

A bigger snow pack and more run off in spring is a good thing. Dopes.

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ladyredux jpatch3 March 29 2014 at 4:08 PM

But what about floods caused by a bigger snow pack?

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Ed Baggett jpatch3 March 29 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yeah, a flood is a "good thing"....right ?

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jxn55 March 29 2014 at 3:43 PM

Time for big Pharmaceuticals to line there pockets !!!

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hman570 March 29 2014 at 1:55 PM

There is alwasys something that is going to happen when we have bac weather? Where do these closns come up with this crap.

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Chip March 29 2014 at 1:50 PM

Now if everything pollenates at once, then won't the allergy season be severe but short? Of course, the alternative is a nice, dry, warm winter followed by low water levels and damaging forest fires. Can't please everyone, can you?

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oujoou March 29 2014 at 3:49 PM

I've never really had bad allergies . . . so I wouldn't know about the need to take allergy medication all through the spring. Although it's quite obvious that the biggest allergy people have is to other people. Pretend niceness. Umm . . . road rage. Rudeness. Inappropriately MEAN thinking. You should ALL be on meds. :)

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cae303 March 29 2014 at 4:04 PM

Meteorologists can not accurately predict what will happen one month from today. They know that historically winter months are cold and summer are warm. Of course if one lives in a different hemisphere being closer or farther from the equator weather can be different during the same months. Natural phenomina such as sun activity, tutonic plate shifts, lightening. etc etc can cause many weather anomalies. These same activities contribute to over 98 % of our atmospheric CO2. Man could stop using fossil fuels for 5 years but a massive forrest fire or volcanic eruption would return CO2 to previous or higher levels.

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Stanley March 29 2014 at 5:24 PM

The flower are workng overtime at my house bees are busy and life is good. My sinuses are **** but life is great!!

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