Here come seasonal allergies thanks to culprits such as tree pollens and that grass springing up tall.
Only this year, concerns about the coronavirus linger, as well. Sniffs and sneezes might get viewed with higher suspicion. Seasonal allergy symptoms, along with those for asthma, could raise alarms for sufferers worried about COVID-19.
However, there are key differences and ways to manage the conditions for better health, experts say. Dr. Steven Kernerman, an allergist with Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic, suspects Spokane is having a stronger pollen season this year.
It seems were having a bit stronger pollen season just in terms of people mentioning it, Kernerman said. But COVID-19 restrictions have meant no official pollen counts locally at least as of May 21.
The triggers right now, just from historic information, we know as a general rule that the tree pollen is kind of declining right now, and the grass pollen is increasing as we speak.
But dont blame the yellow pine pollen, which is benign. Rather, common irritants are from trees such as alder, birch, cottonwood and sycamore. You might want to avoid fields of grass, too, especially if theyre uncut and showing those spikes where pollen rests.
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