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Delayed Spring Could Mean Worse Allergy Symptoms

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The upcoming season could make an allergy sufferer’s eyes water.

A spring allergy outlook from Accuweathersays a slow climb out of winter weather will delay the spring season. But when it hits early next month, it’ll be “intense.” 

The Illinois state climatologist says March was colder than normal and unusually snowy.

The statewide average temperature for the month was 38 degrees. That's three degrees colder than average.

The delayed spring season could especially be intense for those suffering from grass and ragweed pollen allergies. 

Dr. Peter Baum is an allergist at KishHealth System Physician Group in Sycamore and a fellow with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He says pollen and mold are common in DeKalb County.

Baum says those particular allergens could be problematic for those suffering with those allergies in the area.

Baum says there are three stages to pollen season. Tree pollen proliferates from mid-March to mid-May, grass pollen is common from mid-May to the beginning of July and ragweed pollen is prominent from mid-August to the first frost of the year.