Allergy Season Underway

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Spring has finally arrived here in Mid-Michigan, but with warmer, sunnier weather comes the start of allergy season - a season doctors say could last two months. Pollen fills the air as trees grow leaves and flowers bloom, causing classic allergy symptoms such as watery, itchy eyes, running noses, coughing, sneezing and fatigue among allergy sufferers.

But doctors say those symptoms can cause other conditions, too. More than 17 million Americans suffer from asthma, and doctors say allergies are the main cause that can trigger asthma attacks. Sinusitis is also exacerbated by allergy season.

Doctors say allergy season will be in full swing in this area starting in the next couple of weeks. Some trees can cause allergy symptoms for up to eight weeks. The length and severity of allergy season depends on a number of factors, including the weather from last year and the current weather.