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With the absence of El Nino and La Nina, the Polar Vortex took over last winter.  The weather phenomenon sent many a arctic blast down our way keeping us too cold.  Winter lows were nearly 3 degrees too low, highs were about 2 below average and the rainfall ended up over 5 inches in deficit.  According to the Shreveport National Weather Service, we were much colder than in recent years, but this winter didn't even rank in the top 20!

Nevertheless, the Polar Vortex kept the chill going longer than normal into the Spring.  As a result, the plants stayed dormant well into March and early April.  So, the pollination didn't get going until just a few weeks ago.

Now, the pollen count is going crazy!  This time of year, trees are big with a little grass and a small amount of mold.   With our dryness, fortunately, mold hasn't been a problem.  Other parts of the country that saw lots of snow, it's a different story.

So, as Spring continues on, the pollen season is working in overdrive and your allergies are probably giving you fits!

It's best to see your allergist to get the right solutions to ease your watery eyes, coughing and sneezing.  Here are a few things you can do to help:  

1.  Use an air conditioner and a de-humidifier to keep air clean, cool and dry.

2.  If possible, stay indoors, especially between 5 a.m. And 10 a.m. when pollen counts are highest and on windy days.

3.  Keep the windows closed in your home and your car.

4.  Avoid mowing and raking.

5.  After spending time outdoors, remove shoes outside to avoid bringing pollen indoors. And change your clothes as soon as possible.

6.  And...shower after spending extended periods of time outdoors. This will remove built up pollen from skin and hair.

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