Cold start to spring stalls allergy season

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Even with spring having a delayed start this year, experts believe allergy season will be the worst it has been in a long time.

In 2000, there were about 8,000 pollen grains per meter cubed. In 2040, experts project it will be around 20,000.

On a segment of CBS News This Morning, Medical Contributor Doctor Tara Narula discussed a study which suggests a link between global warming and worsening allergy seasons.

“The climate and the weather has an impact on the start, the duration, and the intensity of allergy season,” Narula said in the segment.

Dr. Russell Settipane of Allergy and Asthma Centers has been treating the allergies of Rhode Islanders for years. While he doesn’t track patient visits according to climate changes, he has noticed a recent trend.

“We’re seeing more intensity, patients are suffering more,” Settipane said. “I think there is a lot more tree pollen out in the air in recent years, and that’s what we are going to be dealing with the next few weeks.”

With pollen already spreading across the area, Settipane is especially concerned about this year, but not because of warm temperatures. He says the cold start to spring likely stalled the start of allergy season for certain vegetation.

“I think we are going to have a really intense period throughout May because of the delay and everything being bunched up together,” Settipane said. “All of these pollens will be sort of released at the same time.”

Settipane said anyone who suffers from allergies should get out ahead of it by taking allergy medicine before symptoms appear.

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