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By Stephanie Stahl
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Trees are blooming across the Delaware Valley, earlier than usual. And that means misery for many. Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl is On Your Side with why seasonal allergies are in bloom, before spring has even sprung.
We’re loving this weather. It’s been one of the warmest winters in history, and because of that allergy season has started really early. Tree pollen is very high today across the region. Molds are moderate, and that has many already searching for relief.
53-year-old Hercules Werts, from Mt. Airy, is struggling with what are typically called spring allergies.
“Sneezing all of the time, like I have a cold,” said Hercules.
He’s surprised the pollen allergy season is already in full swing, so early in the year.
“It’s crazy. It’s crazy,” said Hercules. He’s just one of many patients trying to find relief from Dr. Michael Phillips, the Director of Penn Medicine’s Allergy Center.
Dr. Phillips says with the warm winter trees weren’t damaged much, and it’s been very moist. That has his office flooded with uncomfortable patients.
“I usually don’t see them for another couple of weeks, three or four weeks when things really get bad. I’m seeing them now,” said Dr. Phillips. He says some
trees will pollinate earlier, others later, creating a longer and more severe season.
If you’ve got to go outdoors people can take precautions.
“Take a shower, wash your clothes so you don’t spread a lot of pollen in the home. Keep your windows closed in the home,” said Dr. Phillips.
Over-the-counter antihistamines can offer relief. As well as prescription medications and allergy shots.
“I think this is going to be a busy season for me, and a miserable season unfortunately for my patients,” said Dr. Phillips.
Juniper and Cedar Tree Pollen is what’s currently predominant.