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Fall allergy season to last longer than normal

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With fall knocking on the door, it means many Chicagoans will be opening up the windows and shutting down their air conditioners. You may want to think twice.

This year's wild weather swings such as drought, extreme heat, and a ridiculously early spring, will have a major impact on the upcoming fall allergy season.

So what does this mean?

It means the fall allergy season is expected not only to be worse, but last longer.

Hot temperatures tell plants to produce three-four times more pollen than usual, particularly ragweed. The ragweed season may last four weeks longer than usual because of the warm weather around the country.

The most common allergies during the fall are ragweed and mold which have been sky high around the Chicago area over the last couple of weeks. In fact, the mold count has been so high that several air quality alerts for toxic mold have been issued over the last month.

Usually the pollen dies off around the first frost, which is around the second week of October here in Chicago, but this year's heat could create a prolonged fall allergy season to last through October.

The spring allergy season started in late February across the Chicago area and for much of the country. That's two months ahead of schedule.

Much of the increased potency is tied directly to the lack of snowfall and cold temperatures this past winter along with a longer growing season in the spring due to the extremely warm temperatures. Basically you get the perfect storm of allergies.

Some of the symptoms to look out for this fall allergy season are runny nose, itchy eyes, headaches, and sneezing.

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