Bless You! Brutal Winter Leads to Sneeze-Filled Spring

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CLEVELAND-- The long, harsh, snowy winter means this allergy season could be the worst in years in Northeast Ohio.

"My allergies act up. My eyes get itchy. I cough a lot, sneeze a lot. It's kinda annoying,” said Monet Smith of Cleveland.

For thousands of people who suffer from allergies in Northeast Ohio, this spring could be torture and people say they're concerned. "As long as I start taking my allergy medicine in advance it kind a prepares me for the bad weather but I probably will be staying in the AC a lot,” Smith said.

"I deliver mail so I’m constantly in the elements, so I'm allergic to a lot of stuff-- pollen didn't even know it," said Deborah Lee Johnson of Cleveland.

Allergists said the brutal winter will bring us a very sneezy spring. "Because of the harsh winter we've had, the tree season has been pushed along so it's only now in the third week of April that we are starting to see tree pollens in the air, at a level at ya know people are starting to have a lot of symptoms,” said Dr. David Lang, an allergist at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Lang said if you have allergies, you should be taking your meds sooner rather than later.

"If you are typically allergic to tree pollens, that is you have symptoms in the spring, you should already be taking your medications. If you are allergic to grass pollens, in other words you have symptoms in May and June with a peak around Memorial Day weekend, you should start taking your medication now," Dr. Lang said.

Pollen allergies will definitely be trouble this spring and mold allergies may also act up because of the wet winter.

"So for both pollen and mold spores, warm summer breezes, those are the days that will be associated with high counts,” said Dr. Lang.

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