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Warmer Weather Brings Allergy Season

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Thanks to the warmer temperatures, many people spent the day outside.

"I'm not even wearing a jacket for about the first time in 6 months," said Gordon Tuthill.

Sunday fans filled Michigan State University's McLane Stadium, soaking up the sunshine and breathing in the fresh air. 

"It feels like 80 degrees and it's probably 50 or something, but it's just beautiful. The wind is down and it's a beautiful spring day," said Jake Boss.

Thankfully, temperatures finally feel like spring, but pharmacists say, for some people, their sinuses already feel the change in season, too.


"Right now, we're low for molds, we're low for everything, though already people are starting to complain," said Deon Johnstone, an infectious disease pharmacist at McLaren Health Care.

Allergies may be low now, but Johnstone says they'll probably pick up in about a month when everything begins to bloom. Johnstone says the pharmacy is seeing an average amount of patients now, and months of colder than average, snowy weather could actually help allergy sufferers in the long run. 


"Hopefully the cold has kept all the bacteria and molds at bay for a while, maybe a little bit longer than what we usually see and hopefully the growth will be down," she said. 

On top of allergies, the shift in hot and cold temperatures is sending people to the pharmacy to get medications to kick the common cold. It's a trend Johnstone normally sees in the winter, and an issue many this spring confuse with seasonal allergies. 

"It's a difficult thing to tell the difference between a cold and allergies, except with allergies you usually have the itchy eyes along with it," said Johnstone.

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