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Warmer weather brings early seasonal allergies to the Flathead

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 22:48:18-05

KALISPELL — Allergists in Northwest Montana are predicting allergy season could come early this year thanks to our warmer than usual weather.

David Mangold, a physician's assistant with the Allergy and Asthma Center in Kalispell says that if the warmer weather continues, pollen could start as early as March and April.

Mangold noted that April and May are usually heavy with tree pollen while later in July those with grass sensitivities will start to notice their allergies act up. He suggests allergy suffers to be proactive to prevent pollen from entering into their homes.

"You're not going to live in a bubble and not go outside and enjoy Montana," said Mangold "But if you can make your bedroom your bubble that helps a lot. “So, I recommend people shower in the evenings before going to bed. Don't wear the clothes that you've been out playing in all day into the bedroom,. Don't lay down on your bed in the clothes you've been hiking in."

Mangold says one plus to this warmer weather is there's not as much snow. Lingering snow can often create mold spore which can create problems for allergy sufferers.