Achoo! Extremely cold winter brings pollen vortex - KCTV5

Achoo! Extremely cold winter brings pollen vortex

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The gripping cold from the polar vortex has brought allergy sufferers new pain.

Trees and flowers are blooming late, and the recent burst of warm weather means everything seems to be blooming all at once rather than in stages, experts tell KCTV5.

And that blooming means runny eyes, watery noses and lots and lots of sneezing. Call it the pollen vortex.

Dr. Charles Siegel, an allergist, said this is an intense allergy season compared to recent years.

"Global conditions have actually brought about climatic changes that enhance some of the pollen growth that goes on," he said, adding that could bring longer and stronger allergy seasons because of the higher pollution counts.

Trees will continue to pollinate for a couple more weeks.

You can take medications, get shots or stay indoors.

But after a long and intense winter, many say the cure to cabin fever is sunshine and warmth. So grab a box of tissues before heading outdoors.

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