Allergy Season Forecasted to be Worse than Previous Years

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Warmer weather means allergy season is just around the corner.

“Grass, trees, bushes, plants, dogs, cats, mold.”

Jon Worthington hasn’t started his spring yard work yet, however he says suffering from allergies will make working outside even harder. “I do it all and it’s just you know, you’re pushing a lawn mower and sneezing as you’re going,” said Worthington.

Worthington says warmer weather means he’ll have a full stock of allergy medications.

“Sometimes it’s like suffering because, man it’s like you get that redness in your eyes.”

Spring is going to be a busy allergy season. It’s slowly starting to feel like spring, but people suffering from allergies won’t get much relief. Local doctors say this allergy season will be worse than in past years.

“I’m already seeing, like the last two weeks I’ve had patients come in with itchy eyes from the trees budding."

Dr. Fatima Mohiuddin says she’s seen 20 patients with allergy symptoms in the last two weeks. She says since there was such a harsh winter, we can expect allergy season in full bloom.

“What happens is with a lot of snow and we have wet, rotting leaves and that means a lot of mold spores. So with the warmer weather and windy weather, you have all the spores that are dispersed all over.”

Dr. Mohiuddin says many people get a weekly shot, which helps their bodies become immune to their strong allergies.

Dr. Mohiuddin says many people mistake allergy symptoms for a common cold. She says if you’re sneezing a lot and have itchy eyes it’s best to see a doctor.

Sometimes bad allergies can cause other health problems like asthma or bronchitis. Doctors say they see more allergies in kids since they play outside more.

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