Long, Snowy Winter Blamed For Early Allergy Season

By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The snow and ice have finally melted — relief!

But not if you suffer from allergies.

It’s already annoying and it’s going to be a bad year for allergies, according to Dr. John Krouse, chairman of the department of otolaryngology-head-neck surgery at Temple University School of Medicine.

“We’re just now starting to see some of the pollination of the trees, and I think that’s starting to affect people. But even more than that, when you have a very wet, snowy winter, there’s a lot of mold that’s able to be produced. And as that snow goes away and the wet ground is exposed, there’s a lot of mold spores that will trigger patients’ symptoms.”

Dr. John Krouse, chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. (Credit: Temple University)

Dr. John Krouse, chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. (Credit: Temple University)

He says he’s seeing a lot of suffering patients with runny noses and itchy eyes.

“I think it’s earlier, and I think it’s something that’s more potent than last year. And I think when you get these long, cold, wet winters, when you come out of those, you get a sudden exposure to the environment and patients really react in a very strong way.”

He says many over-the-counter medicines can help if they don’t see a doctor.

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