The spring allergy season is here -- and it's arrived early. A wet winter and a few early warming spells followed by immediate cold snaps have resulted in short, intense bursts of tree pollen, said Dr. Summit Shah of Premier Allergy, which has several offices in Greater Columbus. Strong wind gusts then spread around the misery. The good news, Shah said, is the full force of the season is about four weeks away. Dr. Charity Fox, assistant professor of internal medicine at Ohio State University Medical Center, said April is a good time to undergo scratch testing, when a series of allergens are placed on a patient's skin, which is then pierced. If the skin swells at the site of the scratch, the patient is determined to have a hypersensitivity to that allergen.
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