Winter’s Polar Vortex Ushers in Spring’s ‘Pollen Vortex’

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — You may have survived the worst this winter’s polar vortex had to throw at you, but if you suffer from allergies, better brace yourself for its sibling — the “pollen vortex.”

Allergy experts say that the long, cold winter kept trees dormant for longer than usual, which means tree pollen season will overlap with grass pollen and mold seasons this year. And, for those with multiple environmental allergies, that likely means extra misery this year.

Plus, many people who start taking preventive allergy medications in late February or early March may have been lulled into thinking they could safely put off the use of these medications. Now they’re being caught off-guard.

“People who take preventive medications ahead of time will be OK, but people who wait until they have their symptoms will have more problems. If you wait…

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