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Long Winter Could Mean More Intense Allergy Season

Winter may unofficially be over, but there may not be much relief in sight just yet for allergy sufferers.

 Cold, flu, and allergy medication is offered for sale at a Walgreens store
Cold, flu, and allergy medication is offered for sale at a Walgreens store (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Experts say a shortened spring due to the long winter may create a more intense allergy season.

Some allergists in New Jersey say they’ve already seen a noticeable increase in patients as the weather has gotten warmer.

On the bright side, there’s the possibility that a quick cold snap when trees are blossoming could provide some relief. Lewis Ziska, an ecologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, tells The Record that it could be an all-or-nothing allergy season.

Allergists say that even if climate trends point to higher pollen counts over time, allergy sufferers have access to more over-the-counter medications than ever.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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