Early allergy season springs into action

May 1, 2003
Joseph F. Mussoline, MD

Dr. Mussoline is an assistant surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.

This year's fierce winter is now about to bring a big dose of misery to the 60 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. Experts predict a fast-peaking, intense spring allergy season. Moisture accumulated from heavy snow and excessive rain has nurtured mold, and will fuel tree-pollen production-all of which will trigger an early and severe allergy season.