Allergists: too early to say what spring allergy season will bring

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Spring is coming, but for allergy sufferers that can mean itchy eyes, runny nose and sinus pressure.

Many of us are looking forward to spring, but that can also mean a tougher time for allergy sufferers

"I've already had patients call me this week saying what's going on in the last few days," said Dr. George Kroker.

Dr. George Kroker with Allergy Associates of La Crosse said it's too early to say what the spring allergy season will bring or when it will start.

He said most of it will depend on what happens this month.

"Basically if we have consistently warm weather, it's consistently above freezing, we got some nice warm days, winds out of the south, will carry a pollen. Then we'll have an early pollen and mold season," said Kroker.

Kroker said if it warms up too quickly, allergy sufferers could have a tough time.

Kroker said initially after the snow starts to melt, there's an outpouring of mold in the air.

He said this typically happens in the early spring.

"Then secondly the water serves as wonderful growing material for the trees and sustains them, and you can get a lot of early pollination with warmth," said Kroker.

Kroker said allergy sufferers can prepare for the spring allergy season by keeping their windows closed, and stocking up on several good over the counter medications.