Pollen season to be long and irritable says Mayo Clinic Health System official

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Health experts at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse said that this allergy season may be one of the longer seasons the region has had.

Officials said an increase in pollen will lead to irritable symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny noses, and a persistent cough.

Records show that most of the pollen is coming from Ragweed that thrive in dry air conditions.

Health officials said that the sooner the first frost comes, the quicker the allergy season will end.

“Several years ago, there was a great study that came out showing that the pollen itself is morphing as well,” said Dr. John Wheeler of Mayo Clinic Health System. “It’s becoming more allergenic. So we are looking forward to a longer season this year unfortunately.”

Although the pollen will increase irritable symptoms, doctors expect less fever like symptoms this fall.