A longer winter could mean an even worse spring allergy season

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - On a nice day like today, you can expect to find Nathan Stover playing disc golf with his friends in the park.

But, when you suffer from allergies like he does being outside comes with a price, "Obviously itchy and watering eyes. But just like with any other sport, you just play through it."

Stover says he didn't have allergies until moving to Kentucky eight months ago, "Pretty much the eyes, just the constant hacking up stuff and mainly the itchy and watery eyes and nose."

He relies on taking an over-the-counter allergy medicine every day to overcome his symptoms.

Stover doesn't have plans to visit an allergy doctor but at least one allergist in Lexington says he expects his office to get busy soon.

"Any time we have a delayed or prolonged winter, that can make some of the seasonal pollens overlap. And we might have a tree pollen season shading into a month or two longer than it usually is, says Dr. Doug Tzanetos, an allergist at the Allergy & Asthma Physicians of Central Kentucky in Lexington.

Dr. Tzanetos says if you suffer from allergies year-round, you might not catch a break this season, "People who are allergic to both tree pollen and grass pollen might find that their symptoms last longer and are a little more severe this year."

Dr. Tzanetos expects to see some new patients this spring seeking relief from a rough allergy season.

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