Spring Heat Bad News for Bay Area Allergy Sufferers

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    NEWSLETTERS

    NBC Bay Area's Jodi Hernandez examines how the warm weather is affecting people with allergies. (Published Monday, Apr 7, 2014)

    Summer-like temperatures across the Bay Area are creating some problems for allergy sufferers.

    This year's unprecedented warm and dry weather, interrupted by brief spells of sporadic rain, has sent pollen and mold counts through the roof.

    Like many in the Bay Area, 21-month-old Mikaela Burke has been suffering from a bad case of allergies.

    “It's just been runny noses, congestion, coughs at night,” Mikaela’s mom Rosanne Burke said. “It's been hard.”

    Pollen from oak, birch and grasses are most prevalent, according to the Weather Channel.

    Allergy patients are scrambling for relief.

    “The intermittent rains for that one day or two, which it rains it will bring pollen counts down, but after it rains it's windy and sunny, the pollen counts can go up even higher,” pediatric allergist Dr. Shilpi Anand said.

    But for those not suffering from sinus problems, the warm weather has been a chance to get the grill going, break out the sandals and soak it all in.

    Bay Area parks are filled with picnickers and kids at play.

    Little Mikaela wishes she could be one of them. With the help of her doctor, her allergies should be under control soon.