Experts Predict Potentially Worst Spring Allergy Season in 10 Years for 2012
Some experts are predicting that spring of 2012 has the potential to be the worst allergy season in 10 years. Because of a relatively mild winter nationwide, an early allergy season has developed causing many allergy sufferers to begin taking medications earlier than normal.
According to weather experts, nationally, January this year was almost 6 degrees warmer than normal. The typical overall national temperature for January is 30.8 degrees F. However this year it was 36.3 degrees F causing many plants including weeds to begin blooming ahead of Mother Nature’s normal schedule and thereby give birth to an early allergy season.
According to a national news report interview of Dr. Stanley Fineman, President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), last year pollen counts were in the single digits and usually don’t begin to pick up until after February 20. However, this year pollen counts jumped up right after Ground Hogs’ Day on February 2nd with pollen counts some days reaching as high as 250.
“It has been a significantly temperate winter and when we see that, in the United States, we expect that the spring season is going to be very different than what we usually experience,” says Allergist Janna Tuck, MD, an ACAAI board member. “Pollen season is going to occur early, so we will see that the spring tree season will start early and as a general rule the pollen counts will be higher—so patients who are allergic and have spring problems will probably have more problems [this year].”