Polar Vortex Leads to Pollen Vortex

Article ID: 616698

Released: 18-Apr-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: University Hospitals Case Medical Center

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CLEVELAND -- "The Polar Vortex gave us a really long, hard winter," says Lolita McDavid, MD, a pediatrician at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. "Because we had this long winter, the grass and tree allergy seasons will happen at the same time so people are going to get hit twice as hard."

Usually, the tree allergy season comes first in the early spring, followed by the grass allergy season a little later. This year, Dr. McDavid expects allergies to arrive later for most people but with a bigger reaction for those allergic to both trees and grass. This is compounded by another factor. "We've been seeing it every year -- the spring allergy season has gotten worse," says Dr. McDavid. "We're not sure why."

Tips for Spring Allergies
1) Take off clothes after coming in from outside
2) Shampoo after yard work to wash pollen out of hair
3) Close windows if possible
4) See doctor for antihistamine

Dr. McDavid can be available for interview. Additionally, a VO/SOT package, b-roll, natural sound, and sound bites from Lolita McDavid, MD, Pediatrician at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, are available on University Hospitals Case Medical Center Newsroom at http://news.uhhospitals.org/.


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