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'Pollen Tsunami' brings misery to allergy sufferers

Spring brings buds, but it also brings allergies. (Source: Kevin Goodman) Spring brings buds, but it also brings allergies. (Source: Kevin Goodman)
Have you been waking up with red, itchy eyes or stuffed up sinuses? You're not suffering alone. 

A nice spring day in Cleveland provides an opportunity for many to enjoy the outdoors, but spring has brought something else: pollen! Many people who suffer from allergies, like Marie Shrout, can barely handle it.

"It's horrible. I try to go outside, but if it's too bad, I just go back in," she says.

Shrout isn't alone. Many in northeast Ohio are suffering from allergy attacks because of what experts call a "pollen tsunami." 

Although most trees release their pollen in early spring, that long winter we had delayed the process until now, which is when plants and grass are beginning to release their pollen. 

More pollen means more problems. 

"If you're sensitive to those tree pollens, you're going to feel miserable," says Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York.

Researchers believe the climate change will cause allergy seasons to become more intense as time progresses. 

Shrout says she finds relief in medicine or just fighting through the symptoms. 

"I try not to use anything and just let it go away," she says. 

Helpful links for allergy information:

-Nothing to sneeze at: 5 tips for seasonal allergy relief

-5 totally bogus things you only think you know about allergies

-Gasp-worthy perils of bad indoor air - and what you can do about them

-Healthy housekeeping tips offer a fresh approach to spring cleaning

-Five things you should know about spring allergies

-Sizing up your options for hay fever relief

-Too-clean homes may encourage child allergies, asthma

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