Gummy eyes and runny noses? Allergy season has arrived in Seattle area

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Gummy eyes and runny noses? Allergy season has arrived in Seattle area

Seattle Times reporter

Ah! Warmer air, bird songs, budding plants and what is it: rubbery eyes, runny noses, scratchy throats and coughs?

A few warmer days and suddenly pollen season is when our beloved evergreens, cedars, junipers, alders and birches begin their annual breeding ritual.

Tree pollen counts are high this week and are expected to increase over the weekend, according to Pollen.com’s expanded forecast.

Allergy experts from the Seattle area say west Washington is one of the best places to find out if you’re allergic to tree pollen. As soon as an allergy is present, activation is only required a little.

A breath on a fine spring day or a spring-like day can do this.

“The main characteristic of allergies, and our immune system in general, is also why they are persistent and frustrating,” said Dr. Jakob von Moltke, Assistant Professor of Immunology at the UW School of Medicine. “You can have a whole winter without any problems and then your immune system will be triggered in seconds.”

Since most plants release their pollen at night, take your allergy medication at night and keep these windows closed.

Information from the Seattle Times archives is included in this report.