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Colder than normal March temperatures could mean severe allergy season doctor says

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RALEIGH -- As temperatures continue to rise this week into the 70s, so will the pollen count.

“When I lived up north, it was never like this. Allergies are really terrible down here,” said allergy sufferer Lisa Moore.

Weather on the Ones Meteorologist Pati Darak says the warm weather means more trees and plants will pollinate.

“There's more likelihood this week that we'll see those pollen levels especially the tree pollen getting a little bit higher,” said Darak.

Doctors like Sachin Gupta say because of the colder than normal temperatures in March, there's a lot of pent up pollen which could forecast a severe allergy season this year.

“We're starting to see a lot more of the outdoor allergies with the pollens not just the trees and plants, but the grass,” said Gupta.

Dr. Gupta says people know their allergies better than anyone else which is why they need to keep a close eye on them. He says if they start getting worse, they need to go to the doctor.

“If you have specific allergies and have been tested for them, you can get allergy desensitization shots, and those are typically done by an allergist or ear, nose and throat specialist,” said Gupta.

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