Sneak Attack

Allergy season has blossomed early this year

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Sneak Attack. Allergy season has blossomed early this year.

Ah, spring. The trees are budding, the flowers are blooming, and this year the bounty of nature has flourished even earlier than usual. What's not to love?

Allergies, of course--especially tree-pollen allergies. More than half of the 40% of Americans who have seasonal allergies are sensitive to the dusting of pollen that trees discharge as they emerge from their winter hibernation. That means millions of people are suffering mightily through this early spring, thanks to the sneezing, watery eyes, runny noses and congestion they've developed ahead of schedule. "People were caught by surprise," says Dr. Alvin Sanico of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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