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A warm winter brings an early start to seasonal allergies

It may be a tough spring for some allergy sufferers: The unusually warm winter has ushered in an early start to seasonal sniffling, sneezing and watery eyes.

Hay fever symptoms are most often triggered by an allergic response to pollen, and a mild winter can cause trees and grass to produce the allergen sooner. Plus, scientists in the Netherlands recently found that hay fever feels worse at the beginning of the season than later in the summer, even when pollen counts are the same.

Hay fever afflicts more than one in five people. It's not really possible to avoid pollen …

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