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Pollen counts — achoo!— are rising with temperatures

Pollen counts — achoo!— are rising with temperatures

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You might be sniffling and sneezing earlier than usual this season if you have allergies to tree pollen.

Tree pollen counts hit high levels last weekend in the Omaha area, about a month ahead of schedule, said Dr. Linda Ford, an allergist in Bellevue who tracks the numbers.

Counts jumped because of unusually warm weather.

Though counts dropped this week as temperatures fell, she said, the pollen will rise again Sunday and Monday because highs are forecast to be in the 60s.

Although tree pollen season started earlier than usual this year, it's too early to say whether it will last longer, she said. That depends on temperatures during the spring.

Allergy treatments include over-the-counter antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays, saline nasal rinses and prescription medications. If you're outside this weekend, it's smart to change clothes and take a shower after you get inside, to reduce your exposure to pollen.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1122, michael.oconnor@owh.com

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