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ALLERGY SEASON MAY BE ‘WORST IN YEARS’

A long harsh winter is over and spring has arrived. But allergies, as well as flowers, are blooming.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Tao Zheng, chief of the allergy and immunology section at Yale University School of Medicine discussed what to expect from this allergy season and new advances in allergy treatments with university writer Ziba Kashef.

WHAT DO PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2015 SPRING ALLERGY SEASON? HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO PREVIOUS YEARS?

In spring and summer, many people are vulnerable to tree pollen and grass allergies. Trees and flowers all seem to be blooming at once, and that means a sudden burst of different types of pollen at the same time.

We are predicting that this allergy season may be one of the worst in years. In Connecticut and the Northeast, beginning in February and lasting until June, several types of trees—particularly birch, maple/box elder, oak, juniper/cedar, and pine trees—produce pollen that can trigger allergy symptoms.

HOW ARE SEASONAL ALLERGIES TYPICALLY TREATED?

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