HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Spring can be a particularly bad time for people who have allergies. The rain that we have been getting lately has provided some temporary relief, but it will eventually make allergies worse for others.
Many tree pollens are being kept down now because of all the rain, easing the sniffling and discomfort for a lot of people, but if you suffer from mold allergies, the extra moisture from all the rain is making life particularly uncomfortable for you.
To make matters worse, the rain now will also make for a worse weed and grass allergy season, which begins in July.
But there are steps you can take to protect yourself, says Dr. John O'Neill, an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Holyoke Medical Center.
"Most people have found that if they start some medication ahead of when they're usually developing their symptoms, it's more effective because they're going to prevent getting it as bad," O'Neill said.
While medication can be a good short-term solution to allergies, if your allergies are extremely uncomfortable, Dr. O'Neill urges you to see an allergy specialist.
The high concentration of pollens could even impact people not normally bothered by grass or weed allergies. Remember, even if you have not suffered in the past, you can still develop allergies later in life.