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Drought Creates Extra Burden for Allergy Sufferers

C.M. Keiner / Flickr

C.M. Keiner / Flickr

If trees blossomed at the end of January where you live, your allergies may have already flared up.

Dr. Kent Pinkerton of UC Davis’ Center for Health and the Environment says it’s not so clear how the drought will affect the allergy season this year.

Dry conditions could prevent pollen-producing vegetation from flourishing, but then again, it doesn’t take much rain to make flowers grow.   

“If we do have an earlier blossom season than indeed we could have an earlier or perhaps a more sustained or longer pollen season than normal.”

But Pinkerton says people with allergies should watch out for other conditions caused by the drought this year – like dust in the air.

And smoke during the wildfire season could further compound respiratory problems.

Pollen -forcast
Source: Pollen.com
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Source: Weather Channel

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