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Warm winter means bad allergy season

Orlando SentinelThis year’s spring allergy season is causing a lot of misery: runny noses; itchy, watery eyes; hives; and in some cases sinus infections and bronchitis, local physicians say.

You can blame it on a mild winter, lack of rain and early pollination.

Compared with last year between January and March, Florida Hospital’s emergency departments for the tri-county area saw an 11 percent increase in visits that resulted in allergy diagnosis, going from 443 cases last year to 493 this year.

At Centra Care, this is probably the second-worst allergy season in recent history, said Dr. Tim Hendrix, medical director of Centra Care. The peak of allergy-related visits was 450 last year, compared with about 400 this year.[Read full story]