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Experts warn of longer and more intense allergy season

"I am seeing both children and adults struggling a little bit more with allergy season this year."

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — As we get deeper into spring, experts say this allergy season could be a tough one.

“I wake up dying, sneezing like it hurts,” said Denzel Rosodo.

As the flowers bloom, some said they are being met with allergy doom.

“I’m not even someone who has had allergies in the past. I find myself being completely overwhelmed by the pollen. I feel like I am breathing it in and I am trying to get rid of it and I am coughing all the time,” said Keats Jarmon.

While the slim majority are looking at the brighter side of it.

“Even if you’re coughing or wheezing a little bit for a couple of weeks, you’re still pretty lucky. That’s how I feel about it,” said Paul Tieger. 

However, this allergy season may be worse than others.

“I am seeing both children and adults struggling a little bit more with allergy season this year. Things came on a little early,” said Dr. Traci Marquis-Eydman, associate professor of medical sciences at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University 

Experts said spring’s usual villains of itchy, watery eyes and non-stop sneezing aren’t going away anytime soon.

“I think it’s still here for some time to come and if you go home and look at your car you can see that it’s still covered,” said Marquis-Eydman.

Rosodo can attest to that.

“All the pollen just falls down and you open the car door and get smacked with it,” said Rosodo. 

But if you want to be educated on allergy season and pollen like 7-year-old Lex.

“It’s from bees and they collect pollen from the stuff that the flowers have," said Lex.

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Experts said it’s important to note the difference between allergies and being sick.

“So especially post-COVID, people are worried if this is a sign that I’m sick. So, it’s important to help us distinguish allergies from a viral or respiratory infection because those are obviously treated very very differently,” said Marquis-Eydman.

Symptoms usually not related to allergies are fever, shortness of breath unless you have asthma triggered by allergies, severe body aches and nausea.

DeAndria Turner is a multi-media journalist at FOX61 News. She can be reached at dturner@fox61.com. 


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