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Cold weather could make allergy season shorter but more severe

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - This season's cold temperatures and lingering snow could deliver a one-two punch to seasonal allergy sufferers.

Meteorologists say we're likely to have a shorter spring this year. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire botanist Dr. Joe Rohrer says, that means many different species of trees will be forced to produce pollen at the same time.  Also slow melting snow and moist soil could cause peak spring mold production to coincide with pollen production. It could all combine into a shorter, but more severe, allergy season. Local allergist Dr. Barry Rhodes says if these predictions come true, allergy sufferers can expect to see increased symptoms

"If every year you get bad, you get moderate to severe, and then the pollen goes higher and you are allergic to pollen, then the odds of you having a moderate to severe problem are very high and you're probably going to get worse. There are medicines you can use to control them, but you got to use them before you have the problem," Dr. Rhodes said.

Dr. Rhodes says that for severe allergy sufferers, he recommends seeking treatment before the trees start releasing their pollen. 

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