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Long winter causes later pollen season and spring allergies

CINCINNATI (Scott Dimmich) -- People who suffer from allergies know full well when the season changes.

And if you've been grabbing for the tissues lately, the weather may be to blame.  Historically, we have seen pollen in February.  There are trees  that pollinate that early.  We didn't see that this year.  Cold winter temperatures and late-season snow storms in the tri-state are making this spring allergy season tougher for many to get through.

Anna Kelley of the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency said, "Because of the weather, we've had a later pollen season.  What I'm anticipating is that we will see this week, we will see an abundance of pollen."

Some trees pollinate in the late winter and early spring, but cold  temperatures can affect the timing of flowering and pollen  release.  That's the main reason why the pollen count has been up  the last week.  While the pollen count outside may be high, the southwest Ohio air  quality agency encourages allergy sufferers to keep the count low inside your home. 

Kelley said, "Change your clothes, shower, bathe to remove any of the pollens.  Because they can stick to you and they can be in your house and just aggravate your condition."

And the pollen outlook for the coming weeks?

"I will say we will see the pollen peaks.  They may be later than we normally see them, but we will see them.  We will see pollen peaks," she continues.

The pollen count is likely to drop off in May before more grasses release more pollen early in the summer.

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