Dry, windy weather makes allergy symptoms worse

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – Allergy season has definitely arrived, and local doctors are noticing an increase in the number of Western Massachusetts residents with symptoms.

We spoke with First Alert meteorologist Dan Brown to find out if the weather may have something to do with the rise in sneezing and congestion.

“So for the last two weeks it’s been windy and dry, which are two of the main ingredients for increasing pollen counts,” Brown explained.

Brown said unfortunately the only real way to get rid of the pollen is to make it rain, but he expects the situation to get worse before it gets better.

“That’s why people are sniffling and sneezing and those who are suffering from tree pollen, it’s been very high and it looks like it’s going to stay that way over the weekend. In fact, the pollen count could go up as we continue with the bright and dry conditions,” noted Brown.

We caught up with Dr. David Robertson of Allergy and Immunology Associates of New England in Springfield. He told Western Mass News that Springfield was one of the top allergy towns in the country.

“For what it’s worth, he actually went from number five to ten, but if you look at Boston, it’s usually in the 70s to 80s,” Robertson said.

Robertson explained that the topography of our area can play a role.

“Living in the valley, pollen can build up, don’t let the crosswinds take it away…and we have higher carbon levels as well as higher pollen levels and makes pollen more allergenic, so maybe being out of town or out of the valley would help a bit,” Robertson added.

We also spoke with Dr. Jonathan Bayuk, President of Allergy and Immunology Associates of New England via Zoom on the beach in Florida, escaping the Pioneer Valley pollen.

“It’s the first year I’ve really experienced this. I’m in Florida now, which is completely different and being on the water is such a relief,” Bayuk explained.

Bayuk said continuing to wear a face covering can also help prevent allergy symptoms. He also pointed out that having a fever is one of the best ways to tell if you have a virus or allergies, because allergies don’t usually cause a fever.

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