Warm winter weather causing increase in allergies
Doctors are seeing a spike in people suffering from allergies and say the unseasonably warm weather could be a culprit.
It's been a winter for the record books according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. December was the sixth warmest month on record with January not far behind.
Without a deep frost like in winters' past, experts say allergens are sticking around and growing in numbers.
Pollen and mold spores are way above average, according to the Army's allergen lab.
This has made Dr. Vincent Vaghi, who specializes in allergies, extra busy during what is normally a quiet period. He says he's seeing a lot of patients who feel like they're suffering from allergies, even if they aren't.
"We believe their condition is made worse by weather changes, barometric pressure changes," Vaghi said. "That's exactly what we've been seeing in the past month or so."
Rod Engels takes allergy shots. He says if he didn't, his allergies would be out of control.
"If I was off the shots, I'd be absolutely miserable right now," Engels said. "I'm pretty consistent with regular sneezing."
With mild winter weather predicted for the rest of the month, experts say springtime allergies may be coming a lot sooner.
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