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Allergy season starts early in US

26 March 2012 08:56

The allergy season is starting early in the States

The allergy season is starting early in the States

While many are pleased that winter finally seems to be behind us, those with allergies are already starting to suffer.

Dry weather in the South and Midwest areas of the USA has brought misery to those allergic to pollen which can cause watering eyes, a runny nose and sneezing.

Areas affected stretch from Mississippi to Michigan and also from Georgia to Texas.

Plants are blooming much earlier than usual due to the warm weather which has impacted those with allergies and asthma suffers.

Pollen levels are at their highest since 1999 according to the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic which has measure pollen levels since the 1980s.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimate there are over 40 million suffers in the US.

Severe cases of the condition can result in people being hospitalised with breathing difficulties which reinforces the need for medical travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Sam Robert, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Tennessee, said: "It's blooming so early. Grass mowing has started early this year and stirred things up."