APPLETON - This warm spell we're in middle of gives many people the itch to get outside.
But for some, it might be a different story.
That's because for them, the itch is a literal one. Itchy eyes, itchy noses, and sneezing caused by seasonal allergies.
Pollen counts have shot through the roof from where they were just this past Friday.
In particular, tree pollen has increased the most.
And if trees are what sets your allergies off, you probably knew that trees have started budding and pollinating without looking having to look outside because you're already feeling it.
The problem is the cold start to spring delayed the start to tree pollination.
But the quick warm-up the past two weeks has sent this pollen season into overdrive.
"Usually we'll see the maple tree and then the elm and the cedar will kick off early and then they'll quiet down. Then the birch rolls in, then the oak. No, you're getting a triple header right now. All these trees are pollinating at the same time," said Dr. Steve Kagen, an allergist at the Kagen Allergy Clinic.
Before this weekend, on Friday, May 3rd, the cumulative year-to-date pollen count was only about 3,500.
In the past seven years, this would have only ranked 5th.
But through Monday, May 6th, that number has jumped to over 5,000, which puts it at the third-highest count out of the past seven years, behind only 2010 and 2012.
And those two years had, far and away, the highest year-to-date counts through the 6th out of the past 7 years.
The only good news about this intense allergy season is that it will also likely be a little shorter, since we're seeing many types of pollen that are usually spread out over the course of the spring allergy season arriving all at once.
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