Some experts blame global warming
Allergy nurse Sherrie Mudd says the season for sniffles and watery eyes seems to start much earlier these days and last longer.
“It seems like the seasons are being prolonged,” Mudd says.
The expert from the Houston Ear, Nose and Throat Clinics says it is true the downtown location is seeing a noticeable increase in the number of patients.
“Because we had no winter this year,” she says, “(allergies related to) grass hit about two weeks earlier this year than they normally would have.”
A national broadcast quotes some experts saying increase CO2 levels tells the allergenic plants to produce more pollen, as much as three to four times more.
And it’s only going to get worse. Pollen counts are expected to almost triple by the year 2040.