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"The season is actually just picking up," he said, adding that most of the country is facing high pollen counts.
This year is especially bad in the Southeast, weather experts say, probably due to winter's unseasonably cold weather.
"That may have helped delay some of the plants from blooming as early as they may have wanted to," said John Feerick, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather. "It's the fact that everything is coming out all at once."
High winds in some areas also spread the misery.
"We had a perfect storm this year," said Dr. William Storms, professor at University of Colorado and a clinician. "It's the worst I've seen in 10 years."
Tree pollen season should subside within a few weeks, but experts say some will continue to suffer because grass and weed allergies rise in the summer months.
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