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Allergy season to hit harder, last longer

SCHENECTADY -- Experts warn allergy season will hit harder and last longer this year because the mild winter didn’t allow roots to properly freeze. Some partially attribute it to global warming.

“It's freaking out the trees, it's freaking out the ragweed pollen trees. They're getting awakened and stimulated to produce a lot more pollen,” said Dr. James Saperstone with CapitalCare Pediatrics.

Even those who don’t regularly suffer allergies are at a higher risk of developing symptoms. Overuse of hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial soap could cause allergies later in life.

“If there is not enough of this normal bacterium, the immune cells in our body go against us with more vigor and with more energy and that's what allergy are,” said Dr. Saperstone.

Pollen is expected to hit early and stronger this year. Ragweed is also expected to last through much of late summer and fall and allergy sufferers are encouraged to take precautions outdoors and begin taking allergy medication within the next few weeks.

“People that do wash and hang their clothes outside really are looking for trouble because that just accumulates pollen especially in the afternoon,” said Dr.Sapertone. “If you're very allergic you'll want to get rid of the pollen, so take a nice shower before you go to bed. Get your clothes off before you hit the bed because they're all over the place.”
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