Allergy Misery: NJ Tree Pollen Count Soars

Tuesday, May 10, 2011  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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From meteorologist Raphael Miranda.

From meteorologist Raphael Miranda.

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Coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes are all signs that allergy season has hit New Jersey with a vengeance.

Holy Name Medical Center allergy director Dr. Theodore Falk tells The Record newspaper tree pollen "just exploded" a week ago because it has been a cool spring.

Allergy sufferers' predicament isn't much better in New York, where forecasters predict "very high" tree pollen levels for the coming days.

Dr. Mary Ann Michelis at Hackensack University Medical Center says the bumper crop of pollen followed a snowy winter and wet spring.

Dr. Mark Rosenberg at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson tells the newspaper even people who have not had problems with allergies before are having problems now.

The doctors say asthma patients have been hard hit.

Rain will bring some relief to allergy sufferers and grass pollen season is due to peak in June.

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