Late Start to Allergy Season

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So far, this spring allergy season is off to a slow start. Doctors say spring rainstorms have kept the pollen count relatively low.

But as the weather warms, Dr. Bradley Chipps of Sacramento’s Capital Allergy and Respiratory Disease Center says he expects to see more patients with allergy symptoms.

0427KM ALLERGY 2A   :15 “Pollen counts are at the very highest in early morning hours, between 5am 10am– esp on days when the wind is blowing more — we’re going to see patients having more troubles.”

Chipps says if you suffer from allergies, you should avoid exposure as much as possible by keeping windows closed in homes and cars during high pollen times.

He says the geography of some regions like the Central Valley and Los Angeles can also trap pollen and other particulate matter in the air, making conditions worse.

If you have asthma, you should avoid some of the same triggers.

 

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PROMO :  A rainy spring has meant a slow start to allergy season, but doctors expect symptoms to increase as it gets warmer.

 

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A rainy spring has meant a slow start to allergy season. But with temperatures warming up across the state, doctors expect allergy symptoms to show up with increasing frequency.   Kathleen Masterson reports from Sacramento.

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So far scattered rainstorms have kept the pollen count relatively low. Dr. Bradley Chipps of Capital Allergy and Respiratory Disease Center says this season isn’t nearly as bad as last year, when a wet winter spurred a vigorous spring bloom.

0427KM ALLERGY 1A –Usually by third week, 4th week of April it’s absolutely standing room only in the office, and that’s just not the case this year. Although we’re busy, it’s not quite as crazy as some years”.  (:14)

But Chipps expects allergy season to intensify as the weather warms.  Then there’s another wave when grass pollens bloom, usually peaking in the 2nd or 3rd week of May.

Chipps says timing varies throughout the state, but peak allergy conditions usually persist until around June.  Pollen production generally ends when we have several 100+ degree days in a row.

In Sacramento, I’m Kathleen Masterson.

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