MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some experts are warning allergy sufferers that Minnesota could be on the cusp of an early and nasty season because of our roller coaster temperatures.
If we have another short winter — and all indications from the National Weather Service say that we are in for warmer temperatures, as March is expected to come in like lamb — the upcoming allergy season could start sooner and be more severe.
That means another season of discomfort for allergy sufferers like Jeanine Keller of Hopkins.
“On a real bad day, I end up icing my eyes because they get so miserably itchy,” said Keller, who showed up early at the Park Nicollet Allergy and Asthma Center for her routine shots.
Keller’s doctor Brenda Guyer is also president of the Minnesota Allergy Society. She says the trees will dry up sooner, and the warmer weather may produce more pollen than in a regular season.
“We’ll get high levels of tree pollen in the air, and that’s breathed into the nose and gets into the eyes, causing an allergic reaction,” Guyer said.