Thursday, March 31, 2016

AH-CHOO

If you're already sneezing, there is a reason--the trees are blooming early this year due to the warm days.

Randy Young, MD, director of pulmonary, allergy and critical care medicine at Penn State's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, says we have been seeing tons of tree pollen for several weeks now--yes, tons, his word.

And several varieties of blooming trees are overlapping each other's bloom cycle--meaning even more pollen.

And it is relatively dry--so rain is not tamping down the pollen.

Winds are stronger around midday so people with spring allergies should plan outdoor activities for early in the day.

Pollen is the male part of a trees reproductive process--it is designed to blow around until it finds the female component on another tree.

In mid-may, the tree pollen should be tapering, but the grass pollen will be starting up. Grass pollinated last year longer than usual, the scientists say.

Usually mid-summer is a lull--but who knows.

There you go--misery now with scattered misery toward summer.

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