INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Hoosiers have been coughing, sneezing and itching a bit more over the past couple of weeks and that's because Spring has sprung and so has allergy season.
Dr. Pinkus Goldberg of Allergy Associates of Central Indiana says the later than normal winter weather and late spring may have kept some allergens at bay, but not all.
Dr. Goldberg says a late spring means a much milder tree season to start with, but Maple, Oak, and Hickory will be coming soon with grass to start up in the next week or so.
The allergist went on to point out pollen is coming on strong, as are dust mites. Air conditioners that have been collecting dust all winter will turned on for the summer.
"If it keeps raining and stays cool," says Dr. Goldberg, "we could have grass that lasts all the way through the summer and grass is a major allergen."
"If it gets hot and dry," the allergist predicts, "the weeds will start earlier and people with ragweed allergies will have more trouble."
In a normal summer, Dr. Goldberg points out, there will be a normal ragweed count and autumn will be worse for people with allergies.
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