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.