TYLER (KYTX) - For those with allergies, your symptoms have probably started kicking in by now, And you can blame Old Man Winter for a more severe allergy season.
CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains what impact this year's longer winter means for allergy sufferers.
The winter weather is still slamming areas all across the country. In east Texas the weather has lightened up quite a bit, however, the effects of a longer winter have delayed pollen season, and because of the delay pollen is causing more problems for those with allergies.
Tree leaves, flowers and bees are clear signs that spring has returned. It's those same items that alert nearly half of the US population.
"It's like a nightmare for me every year," said allergy sufferer Robert Fair. He and his friend Lara McQuaid both deal with allergies, however Fair's is more severe.
"I noticed the pollen has been a little bit stronger than it has in the past two years," said McQuaid.
This year, specialists expect people who are affected by both tree and plant pollen, will be in for a rough season.
"Because of that colder than normal winter the trees seem a bit delayed and the grass is started to pollinate too so it may be a bad combination season," said Dr. Jack Harris. He's an allergist in Tyler.
He says, when it comes to tree pollen, it typically forms in late February and March tree pollen is forming about a month late.
As a result, tree pollen and plant pollen season is kicking off at the same time.
"The patients we've seen coming in the tree season seems to be a bad one," he said.
Harris said you can't fully avoid the affects, however, you can take preventative measures by calling your doctor now for an updated allergy prescription.
In addition to taking preventative medication,a few that things allergy sufferers can keep in mind: Although the weather is nice, it's best to keep home windows and car windows closed to keep that pollen from getting inside. Also avoiding doing outside activities early in the morning, or in the evening. The middle of the day is the best time to be out to avoid a flare up.