One side effect of the mild winter is the early arrival of spring allergies in Central Virginia.
Trees and flowers are already blooming because of the unseasonably warm weather, and pollen is drifting in the breeze. Tree pollen is the number one cause of spring allergies, and it usually doesn't peak until mid-April, lasting until August.
More than 50 million Americans are allergic to pollen from trees and grass. Grass pollen usually arrives around the beginning of summer. The typical allergy symptoms are sneezing and watery eyes, but some have a more severe reaction.
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