Brutal Allergy Season Ahead For Many Americans

The arrival of spring is just a few weeks away, and many are looking forward to getting outdoors and enjoying the building warmth. But, for millions of Americans, the season of rebirth also brings a return of sneezing, sniffles, coughing and itchy eyes due to seasonal allergies. We've got you covered with AccuWeather's annual spring allergy forecast. Meteorologists say Americans who live in one particular area of the country may want to stock up on tissues.

Allergy sufferers in the eastern United States should brace for a long and severe season this spring as predicted above-normal rainfall and near-average temperatures mean much of the region will be ripe for tree, weed and grass pollen production, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.

Above-average pollen levels are in store for a huge portion of the country, an area that has a population of 193 million people and stretches all the way from Texas to Michigan on east. More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Even if individuals don't suffer, there are ripple effects from family members, includingmillions of children, who struggle with symptoms.

One of the best ways to manage spring allergy symptoms is to see a board-certified allergist, who can help to create a tailored treatment plan, which may involve starting medicines before the season begins and immunotherapy. Allergists also recommend limiting or avoiding going outdoors at peak times of day for pollen, typically from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and at dusk. Warm and windy days can often exacerbate conditions for allergy sufferers.

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