Experts say this allergy season one of the longest

Allergy season started early this year

Published On: Aug 14 2012 06:18:56 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Hang on to your tissues. Experts in Wisconsin said this allergy season will be one of the longest.

Dr. Mark Moss at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health said the allergy season began about two to three weeks early. The mild winter and unseasonably warm spring temperatures caused trees to bud and bloom and release pollen and mold much earlier.

Dr. Steve Kagen, of the Kagen Allergy Clinic in Appleton, said the early presence of ragweed pollen is blindsiding many allergy sufferers. Kagen told The Reporter the short growing season for grass caused hardy weeds to take over. And recent storms compounded the mold spore count, which can cause asthma attacks and sinus headaches.