Melting Snow Stirs Up Allergies

Brandon Weathers
Updated: March 25, 2019 06:46 PM

We're finally losing that snow pack. Mold has grown underneath it, damaging the grass, and irritating those with allergies.

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There are two types, pink mold and gray mold. Pink mold is more severe, and gray mold is more common. It looks like a cobweb over the grass. The mold feeds off of moisture, so the easiest way to get rid of it is to break it up with a rake so that it dries better in the sunlight. If you're sensitive to allergies, this could be responsible for your early season symptoms.

Some fight off the fresh mold with medication. Wendy Pedersen suffers from allergies, and she said, "taking that daily allergy pill has really helped me. I used to not take it and I'd get headaches and sniffles, so that's really helped."

With most of our pollen producers just waking up from their winter slumber, the itchy eyes and sneezes are just beginning. Rollie Glimsdale, another allergy sufferer, said, "we'll get the tree pollen, and the grass pollen will come after that, and then weeds, and we'll react."

Glimsdale spent a long weekend in Duluth with Melanie Ebert. They welcome the warmer weather and all of the allergies that come with it. "Whatever we have to go through for a transition, we'll pay the price. We just want summer back," Ebert said.


Brandon Weathers

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