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Mild winter brings no relief for allergy sufferers

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LOUISIVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Allergy sufferers beware -- doctors are warning this could be one of the worst spring allergy seasons, and it's starting early.

Arman Vladimirovich won't be able to enjoy a walk in Cherokee Park much longer. "Pollen, mold, ragweed, all of it," says Vladimirovich. "The air quality is kind of bad here too."

He immigrated from Russia eight years ago and can still remember his first allergy attack. "The first summer I actually went to the hospital. Most of the time I can't breathe," describes Vladimirovich. Very panic breathing. I don't want walk in the park especially in the summer or do anything really. I just want to stay inside."

While the mild winter has kept the grass green and allowed spring beauties to bloom early, another creature has stayed past its welcome.  "The mold has stuck around," says Dr. Wes Sublett with Family Allergy and Asthma.

Kentuckiana typically relies on a deep freeze to kill off pollen and mold spores. Allergists say the trace amounts of snow have not been enough. Dr. Sublett says spring allergy suffers are noticing symptoms sooner. "It's made the immune system a little more sensitive than it normally is and you keep getting and are responding to the mold spores in the air which causes further inflammation," says the allergist.

But he warns it will only get worse. "If you have a very wet winter, that the spring allergy season is a little bit worse," says Dr. Sublett, who recommends an allergy test, especially if you develop new symptoms. "So the way we do skin testing is we take little small toothpick-like devices and we scratch the very top layer of skin and exposing the allergen to the living skin."

While allergy symptoms can be controlled with a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medicines along with allergy shots, Vladimirovich may have a different plan.  "Doctor says I should probably consider moving out west."

There is a little glimmer of hope for allergy suffers. If there is a cold snap in the next couple of weeks, it could provide some relief.

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