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by Katie Pyzyk — March 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm 2,080 17 Comments

Although most people throughout Arlington seem to be enjoying the warmer weather, not everyone is happy with it. Allergy sufferers are getting bombarded with a spike in pollen thanks to some early blooms.

The tree pollen level shot up to high today due to the warm and windy conditions.

Local doctors say typically the first couple weeks of April mark the start of heavy allergy season. That increases throughout the month as more trees release pollen spores, which can be seen blanketing the area.

This year, allergy sufferers have already been reporting symptoms for weeks, thanks to a mild winter. In fact, the Capital Weather Gang reports this has been the third warmest meteorological winter on record for the region.

Don’t worry, there is relief in sight. Lower temperatures and expected showers should push pollen back into the moderate level tomorrow.

Until then, here are some tips for lessening allergy suffering:

  • Keep windows closed at home and in the car. Use the air conditioner if necessary, and be sure to change air filters.
  • Stay inside on windy days.
  • Avoid outdoor activity in the morning when pollen counts are highest, usually from 5:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Change clothes after being outside. Take a shower to wash off pollen spores, especially before going to bed.
  • Use a machine to dry laundry instead of hanging it outside.
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