HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes are all signs that allergy season has hit New Jersey with a vengeance.

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Holy Name Medical Center allergy director Dr. Theodore Falk tells The Record newspaper tree pollen “just exploded” a week ago because it has been a cool spring.

“It’s been intense this year. It’s just the skin experience, I usually am congested with allergies but I found that this year it’s been a very big itch, rash kind of experience — mostly from the tree pollen,” one woman said. “I’ve never been this sensitive to it.”

Dr. Mary Ann Michelis at Hackensack University Medical Center says the bumper crop of pollen followed a snowy winter and wet spring.

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Dr. Mark Rosenberg at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson tells the newspaper even people who have not had problems with allergies before are having problems now.

The doctors say asthma patients have been hard hit.

One woman said she avoids opening her windows and rinses off in the shower to get the pollen off her skin and out of her hair.

Rain will bring some relief to allergy sufferers and grass pollen season is due to peak in June.

How do you manage your allergies? Let us know below…

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Comments (5)
  1. Marge Brennan says:

    I was from New Jersey & suffed from allergys all my life,now i live in South Florida & still suffer with allergys from different plant life ,so all we can do is live in a bubble & thats no fun either, take my meds & hope for the best

  2. EN says:

    Have you thought about trying salt therapy? It’s a natural drug-free treatment for allergies and respiratory problems. See http://www.respirasalt.com for more information.

  3. pointyelbows says:

    As an extreme allergy sufferer and asthma sufferer, this year has been especially hellish. I use a HEPA filter in my bedroom that I leave on 24/7, always have my Albuterol inhaler nearby and take Singulair once a day and sometimes supplement with a decongestant such as Sudafed. I also use a neti pot and rinse off in the shower at least one time a day. Windows must also stay closed and outdoor time is limited. The best piece of advice I can give a fellow allergy sufferer would be this: INVEST IN SOFT TISSUES WITH LOTION IN THEM.

    These measures are absolutely necessary and allow me to function just enough to get to work and back home again. It’s definitely rough, but a small price to pay for living in the best city on earth.

  4. ex-NYer says:

    I moved to Florida and do not suffer from tree pollen any more. Nor do I suffer from high taxes, crowded streets, pot holes, ect.. have a good day.

    1. NYer says:

      Enjoy the oppressive heat & humidity!

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