Prepare the tissues, honey, neti pot and Claritin—it’s going to be a long allergy season.
According to experts, this year’s allergy season will begin 14 days earlier and run 30 days longer than usual.
"We're expecting to see a very robust allergy season because of a lot of precipitation during late winter and the warmer temperatures we're seeing now throughout the country," says Dr. Clifford Bassett, an allergy specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and Langone Medical Center.
Why is this year supposed to be so tough? Extra precipitation in later winter and warmer temps are boosting tree pollen. That, along with higher-than-usual carbon dioxide emissions, will produce even more of the yellow stuff.
Dr. Travis Stork, host of The Doctors, said that prevention is key to dealing with allergies.
"There are a lot of drug-free ways to treat allergies," he says. "But more importantly, I want you to prevent allergies."
Seasonal allergies can be worse depending on where you live, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's 2013 Spring Allergy Capitals report. They say Jackson, Mississippi, will be hit hardest this year, with Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee a close second and third, respectively.
Dr. Stork answers SheKnows' questions on treating and preventing spring allergies.
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