You've been warned...allergy season this spring is going to be a monster, and the season has just barely begun.
Local allergist Dr. Dennis Dilley says he's had a steady stream of patients coming into his office due to allergy issues, and he says he doesn't expect that to stop any time soon.
"If you're someone who has never had allergies before, but you are exhibiting symptoms, it's probably because of where you live," Dr. Dilley told 1200 WOAI's Stephanie Narvaez. "We have pretty much allergies all year round around here."
But Dr. Dilley says this spring is going to be something that we haven't seen in years. He says a combination of the healthy rains we got in December, which gave oak trees the fuel they needed to create pollen, and the longer and colder than normal winter...which pushed the pollen season back and gave the trees more time to create more pollen, we are 'doomed' to misery for the next three to four weeks.
"We are used to see oak pollen counts in the thousands, but not the high 20,000 count we have now," he said. "This is every five to ten years we see this massive amount of pollen. This is definitely higher than I usually see it, it's a lot worse."
Dr. Dilley says if you're waiting for relief, you'll have to wait until after May Day for the oak pollen drop to run it's course. So expect a yellow dust on your car in the morning and on your patio in the evening as oak trees try to create baby oak trees.
He says the reason it feels so miserable is that we are getting socked with cedar and oak pollen season essentially simultaneously due to the long, cold winter.
"Normally by February you're done with cedar and have several weeks to recover before the oak hits," he said. "This year we had cedar until just a couple of weeks ago, and I don't think there was enough time to recover before the oak hits."