While the groundhog wipes sleep from his eyes, Spring is a little behind.
Dr. Leonard Bielory with Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School says to get ready for a one-two punch, as trees play catch-up.
The flowers and trees in Central Park seem to be bursting into spring.
While pollen levels can’t be predicted too far in advance due to weather variables, Fordham University’s Guy Robinson has developed a pollen trap to better predict pollen counts at a local level.
The tablet contains grass pollen and dissolves under the tongue. Allergy sufferers would take the tablet daily for 12 weeks before grass pollen season and for 6 to 8 weeks during the season, or for up to three years straight.
Six months after Superstorm Sandy, an unwelcome development is set to make the months to come miserable for allergy sufferers.
There could be a one-two punch this allergy season. That’s because the normal springtime allergies could be coupled with mold hidden behind the walls of homes flooded by Sandy.
Spring begins a week from tomorrow, which means allergy season is fast approaching.
Pollen counters are getting an early start at Dr. Leonard Bielory’s office in Springfield. “March 10 has usually been our regular. February 22, 23, and 24 are not the normal times,” he said.
Coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes are all signs that allergy season has hit New Jersey with a vengeance. Holy Name Medical Center allergy director Dr. Theodore Falk said tree pollen “just exploded” a week ago because it has been a cool spring.
It hardly seems like the time to be shutting up the house, but for allergy sufferers, that may be precisely the ticket for surviving this pollen-coated spring.
Allergist researchers from Rutgers University say because of the cold and wet winter, the Tri-State is going to have a high pollen count.