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Spring Pollen Brings Allergy Sufferers to Tears

Posted April 1, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The green grime is everywhere.


Blankets of it.

For allergy sufferers it's a losing fight against the North Carolina spring. It's a fight for which one must be adequately prepared said Kroger pharmacist Marcy Powell. She said there was a chance for noses to win out over nature with the help of a lot of new medication that is on the market.

Alice Russell from N.C. State University said there was a misconception that pine pollen was what aroused allergies. She said it was the oak trees which were the real culprits.

Flowers like azaleas, pansies and tulips are pollinated by insects. As a result, they have sticky pollen that prevents them from becoming windborne. Russell said certain types of grass would produce pollen that affects humans.

The pollen season in the Triangle is expected to last another six weeks, and then it is on to molds, spores and ragweed. These seasons do not us ually end until September or October.