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How Bad Will the Spring Allergy Season Be?

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Have you felt those seasonal allergies yet?

It’s just about that time again.

SLU Care allergist Dr. Mark Dykewicz says a harsh winter is no guarantee of a harsh spring allergy seasonbut there’s plenty of activity already underway.

“We’re having early-pollinating trees, such as juniper, maple, and elm, and then we will be getting into later-pollinating trees such as oak,” he says. “And then, in St. Louis typically by the first week of May trees are wrapping up, but then grass pollens pick up and they will go full-force at least until the end of June.”

Dykewicz says it’s hard to tell just how bad the allergy season will be.

“One of the issues will be how much rain we get throughout the spring because days when there’s a lot of rain bring down pollen counts, and also if the humidity is at a certain level,” he says. “You just can’t predict it, so we’ll just have to go along and see.”

However, her also says that with all the new over-the-counter allergy medicine now available, there’s really not many reasons any of us should suffer from allergies anymore.

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