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Allergies Expected To Be Worse This Spring

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Birds, flowers and signs of spring are finally starting to show, but if you think winter and its polar vortex freeze are gone for good, you might be wrong.

"We may have a very high pollen count this spring season because all the trees are ready to shed their pollen all at one time," said Dr. Satish Gupta, M.D., Allergy & Immunology Specialist

The long-awaited blooming flowers and plants will bring extra bursts of pollen with them in the upcoming weeks.

Trees are in a hurry to pollinate because the long, cold winter delayed the blooming season.

This means more intense symptoms for allergy sufferers.

"This year I could see a lot more patients with nasal symptoms, stuffy nose, sneezing, drainage, sinus symptoms (and) their eyes are itching," said Dr. Gupta.

Allergy season typically kicks off with pollen from trees and then from small shrubbery. Grass pollinates last in the season, which could cause allergy sufferers to be symptomatic throughout the summer.

"Spring is usually pretty tough for me. It starts in the spring and it kinda levels off in the summer, then fall again," said Sharon Dietz, allergy patient.

So what can patients do to help the symptoms in this vicious cycle?

Other than closing all your windows and staying inside, you can try "doing some sinus rinses with a squirt bottle and distilled water and salt would help clear out those allergens," said Dr. Gupta.

Make sure to medicate before your first sneeze.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern

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