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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Get ready for a bad allergy season

As a long, cold winter finally gives way to spring, those with seasonal allergies should prepare for the worst: An onslaught of seasonal allergens that could cause severe bouts of sneezing, stuffed sinuses, runny nose, and watery eyes could be on the way.

For the nearly 18 million American adults and nearly 7 million children who suffer from hay fever brought on by seasonal allergies to tree, grass, or weed pollens and other airborne allergens, symptoms could be particularly bad this year. The reason? Trees are blooming about a month behind schedule in New England and elsewhere, and the release of those pollens will likely coincide with seasons for other allergens, creating a shorter but more intense peak season that is still to come.

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