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Extended winter sparks W.Va., Ohio, Ky. pollen outburst


The Herald-Dispatch

Pollen counts are high causing problems for people with allergies in the Tri-State.
(Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Pollen is one of nature’s great equalizers — an annual irritating yet mostly harmless reminder that rich and poor alike can be just as easily humbled by a few trillion yellow specks. Little can be done to avoid it in practicality, and most simply surrender to the itchy onslaught of allergies as a fact of life.

Virtually everywhere east of the Mississippi River stands in the thick of peak pollen season, worsened in both sheer volume and a later start this year thanks to the prolonged cold spells that dragged on into mid-April, explained Dr. Meagan Shepherd, allergist/immunologist at Marshall Health’s Department of Pediatrics.

When trees and grass are finally given a prolonged warm weather opportunity to pollinate after a drawn-out winter, the plants will try to make up for lost time — sparking a sudden outpouring of pollen the human body had de-acclimated to during the winter months.

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