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Allergy season expected to last longer due to climate change

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Spring is here and for many that means allergies. If you're one of those that suffer from the springtime allergies, experts say you may need to suffer longer because of climate change.

Doctors say the increased temperatures from climate change and rising carbon dioxide in the air, can cause plants to bloom earlier and last longer. Pollen counts are expected to double by the year 2040.

Doctors at allergy associates of La Crosse say while allergies may not be bad at the moment, that will change fast.

"I know once we start seeing some (pollen), it's going to happen very quickly," said Allergy Associates of La Crosse president Dr. Mary Morris.

Allergists say now is the critical time to start taking allergy medication.


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