MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) -Heavy winter rains could mean a worse allergy season in the spring. Wet winters can have impacts on trees, grass and weed pollen.
The wet winter season could mean an increase in plant growth and could cause the spore count in many areas to soar. Rain can cause pollen grains to burst into tinier particles, which are then released into the air at a much more numerous and higher concentration.
According to allergists, the smaller size pollen could mean more can enter the small airways and noses of people, especially those who are more prone to allergies and cause them to have a reactions.
Mold spores can increase following heavy rains. After storms, mold is the main cause of allergic asthma exacerbations according to researchers.
The common sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes experienced by both adult and children who are seasonal allergy sufferers can be unpleasant enough, but those with asthma or other serious respiratory symptoms need to be especially prepared.
There are non-medical steps you can take to lessen the effect of rain allergies, according to a physician at the National Institutes of Health